The House and Senate appropriations committees both advanced bills on June 17 and June 23, respectively, seeking to slash the National Labor Relations Board’s budget. The House’s bill seeks a 27 percent reduction, taking the NLRB’s current budget of $274 million down to $200 million. Meanwhile, the Senate bill proposes a ten percent reduction of $27 million. Both bills also propose significant cuts to the Department of Labor.
The bills, however, do not just propose budget cuts as they also include riders aimed at stemming the NLRB’s current agenda. For example, the bills include provisions that would prohibit the NLRB from using the funds to enforce the new “quickie” election rules and to create a new “joint employer” standard under the National Labor Relations Act. In a statement released by the House’s Committee on Appropriations, it described the scope and purpose of the riders aimed at the NLRB:
the legislation includes several policy provisions to stop the NLRB’s harmful anti-business regulations that would impose additional and excessive costs on American businesses, increase job loss, and further hinder economic growth. Some of these provisions include: a prohibition on use of electronic voting in union elections; a prohibition on implementing new regulations on representation-case procedures; a prohibition on issuing new joint-employer standards; and a prohibition on exercising jurisdiction over Indian tribes.
The Senate Committee on Appropriations similarly issued a statement noting that the Committee “is very concerned about the Board’s regulatory and policy overreach and therefore has taken steps to right-size the agency and reprioritize funding.”
- “Subcommittees Clear Spending Bills With Labor Policy Riders, Cuts to NLRB,” Bloomberg BNA (June 23, 2015) ($)
- “Republicans Have A New Plan To Stop Obama’s Labor Board,” Daily Caller (June 17, 2015)
- “House bill slashes $74 million from NLRB, shackling board” People’s World (June 19, 2015)