Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Commends Obama on Recess Appointments

Jan 5, 2012
Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
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WASHINGTON – Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-IL), a senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and staunch supporter of America’s workers and their families, issued a statement today in support of President Obama’s decision to make three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board.  Currently the NLRB has only two members, leaving the agency without the quorum it needs to make important legal rulings and decisions critical to our nation’s employer/employee relations.  In commenting, Rush said the following:

“As we continue to witness the widening gap between rich and poor and dramatic decreases in health and retirement security for America’s workers, now is certainly NOT the time for government to stand idly by.  Without a full complement of NLRB Members, American working families and their employers will be severely harmed with workers’ rights unprotected and labor regulations unenforced.  President Obama’s recess appointments will assure that employees and employers can defend their rights and litigate their respective claims in the speediest manner possible, which is what Congress intended in its passage of the National Labor Relations Act.  The President acted decisively to protect American jobs.”