Heitkamp, Coats, Murray

NLRB Ambush Elections Resolution of Disapproval (S.J. Res. 8)

Senator Heitkamp: (3:57 PM)

  • Spoke on Vietnam veterans.
    • "Today I rise to continue an effort to honor the memory of the 198 North Dakotans who died while serving our country in Vietnam. As I have said in the past, we are in a period of 13 years of recognition of those sacrifices of those Vietnam vets based on a proclamation signed by the president, and I think it's only appropriate that we recognize not only those who were killed in action but also our living Vietnam vets who add so strongly to the fabric of our society and our culture."


Senator Coats: (4:23 PM)

  • Spoke on waste of the week.
    • "I would argue that taxpayer-funded pumpkin doughnuts are not a good use of taxpayer dollars. I support agriculture, but let's actually support farming, not just pumping up the sales and profits of a select few. We can do better. So I'm adding today $290 million to our taxpayer savings gauge which puts us over the halfway mark, the $50 billion. That's a small amount compared to our budget. That's a small amount in terms of the money that comes flowing in to Washington from taxpayers. But we have not been able to address the large issue, the issue that has to be addressed and is continually pushed down the road, continually pushed back to the next election. And that is the unbelievable number of, growth of entitlement programming that's squeezing out the many essential and necessary things that government needs to do."


Senator Murray: (4:47 PM)

  • Spoke on the National Labor Relations Board.  
    • "The NLRB was absolutely right to carry out its mission to review and streamline its election process to bring down those barriers for workers who want a fair vote. These updates will make modest but important changes to modernize and streamline the process. They will reduce unnecessary litigation on issues that won't affect the outcome of the election, and the new reforms will bring the election process into the 21st century by letting employers and unions file forms electronically. Instead of attacking workers who just want a voice in the workplace, I hope my colleagues will support President Obama's veto, and I truly hope we can break through the gridlock and work together on policies that do create jobs and expand economic security and generate broad-based economic growth for workers and families, not just the wealthiest few."