MAY 20, 2015

Rep. Salmon introduces second bill to shrink our spending

Seeks to defund National Labor Relations Board

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rep matt salmon WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced his second bill in his newly reintroduced Shrink our Spending Initiative that will highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs. Upon introduction of his latest bill to eliminate federal funding for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Salmon released the following statement:

“A great example of government waste is the NLRB, a pro-union labor organization that dictates where businesses can locate, expand, and spend their capital. The U.S. Department of Justice already ensures our labor laws are properly enforced, and does so in a far more professional and nonpartisan manner than the favoritism shown to Big Labor by the NLRB. Congress has many hard choices to make as to where to spend and where to cut, but defunding an agency that does nothing but advance cronyism instead of protecting workers is not one of them.”

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was officially established in 1935 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law Senator Wagner’s National Labor Relations Act, which, in part, created an independent agency to implement and administer national labor policy. Today, the NLRB has become a vast bureaucratic agency that impedes job growth and economic prosperity. The Department of Justice already oversees a wide variety of civil, criminal, and administrative labor issues, including anti-trust laws, voting rights, and major mergers and acquisitions. In the most recent appropriations legislation, the NLRB received $274,224,000 of your tax dollars.

Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative:
“Our nation is drowning in debt, over 18 trillion dollars of it. But year after year, our nation’s leaders continue to approve wasteful spending without a blink, and continue to spend your tax dollars in the most imprudent ways.

“Enough is enough. We must have the courage to start cutting spending somewhere.

“Last year, I began a program to identify and cut wasteful spending government-wide, because we know every federal department, office, and agency has wasteful spending within their budgets. I called this program my Shrink Our Spending Initiative and I aimed at finding 1.5 billion dollars in wasteful spending – and it was easy.

“This year, I’m doubling the goal of my SOS Initiative and I’ll find 3 billion of your hard-earned tax dollars that the government has decided to fritter away on ineffective, duplicative, or downright wasteful programs.”

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