It appears that letter Speaker John Boehner sent to the White House last week foreshadowed part of the House GOP’s legislative agenda for this fall. From a National Journal report on a memo House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent Monday to Republican members about tackling “10 job-destroying regulations”:
Cantor wrote that Republicans will kick off their efforts the week of September 12 by seeking to overrule a National Labor Relations Board ruling that restricts Boeing’s efforts to move an assembly line from unionized Washington state to South Carolina, a right-to-work state. Business leaders accuse the Obama administration of seeking to to help labor allies. Cantor noted that freshman Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has introduced legislation to prevent NLRB from “restricting where an employer can create jobs in the United States.”
Other regulatory proposals or rules to be targeted in following weeks and months touch on Environmental Protection Agency standards for cross-state air pollution from power plants, boilers, coal ash in mining-heavy states, cement production, and farm dust; new ozone standards; greenhouse-gas performance standards; and some rules under the new health care law.
House Republicans have been attacking these kinds of regulations as executive-branch overreaches, and the idea that bureaucrats are clamping down on businesses during persistently high unemployment is likely to resonate with a lot of voters. It also plants a stake in the ground for Boehner and Cantor ahead of President Obama’s new jobs plan.
They aren’t running against him next year, but I would expect this to be a welcome fight among the Republicans who are running.
– By Kyle Wingfield