SRC Senate Snapshot

Weekly Outlook:   

The Senate convened at noon today, and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. considered the motion to proceed to Senator Enzi’s Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval, S.J.Res.36, regarding NLRB “ambush elections.” 

At 5:30 p.m., the Senate will vote on Executive Calendar #528, Brian C. Wimes to be United States district judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri.

Tomorrow, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the Senate will resume consideration of the motion to proceed to S.J.Res.36.  Following the policy lunch recess from 12:30 p.m. until 2:15 p.m., the Senate will vote on the motion to proceed to S.J. Res.36.  

Once consideration of S.J.Res.36 has concluded, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1789, the postal reform bill, and will begin voting on the amendments listed at the end of this e-mail (Note: it is unlikely that each amendment will receive a roll call vote).  Those amendments that require a roll call vote will be subject to 60-vote thresholds.  Budget points of order and applicable motions to waive will also be in order.  Upon disposition of the postal reform amendments, the Reid (for Lieberman/Collins) substitute amendment #2000, as amended, if amended, will likely be agreed to, and the Senate will vote on passage of the bill with 60 votes required for final passage.  Postal reform amendments should take up most of Tuesday afternoon and evening and may possibly conclude Wednesday morning. 

The Senate will also vote on S.1925, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization bill, before the end of the week.  Senators Hutchison and Grassley will unveil the GOP alternative this afternoon.

The Senate and House will be in recess from April 30 – May 4.

Sunday, April 30, 2012, is the three-year anniversary of the last budget resolution passed by the Democrat-controlled Senate.

A LOOK AHEAD:  Items which may be brought up following the recess include:

  • Nominations, particularly judicial nominations;
  • Student loan interest rate legislation;
  • Cybersecurity; and
  • Iran sanctions legislation.

What’s Being Said – Senate Republican Conference & Senate Republican Communications Center:

  • All Sides Blast Buffett Tax:  Nonpartisan Reviewers Are Crushing the Buffett Tax As ‘A Hoax On Voters,’ A ‘Total Sham,’ ‘Desperate.’ Even Dems Admit It’s ‘Not Going to Help’
  • Dems Split on Gas Price Debate:  Even Within Their Own Caucus, Senate Democrats Are at Odds Over Whether Raising Taxes on Energy Manufacturers Is a Good Idea

SRC Video Clip and Infographic:

ANWR – 10 Years of Democrat Obstruction; Gas Prices Soar

Ten years ago, with gas prices at $1.45 per gallon, Senate Democrats blocked legislation to allow more domestic energy production in Alaska.  Senate Democrats argued against increasing energy production from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) because it would take up to 10 years for the oil to reach the market.

President Obama’s Failed Energy Policies

SRC Policy Note:

Time to Stop President Obama’s Ambush of Small Businesses

New Ambush Election Rule Is Harmful and Unnecessary

Top-Line Points

  • President Obama’s ambush election rule is just another example of a power grab that gives political favors to Big Labor at the expense of local job creators.
  • This overreaching regulation disproportionately hurts local small businesses by increasing uncertainty and driving up compliance costs.
  • The ambush election rule forces workers to make uninformed decisions.

The New Regulation Favor Big Labor Over Small Business

  • Under the new rule, union elections could occur just 10 days after an employer is notified.
  • This short time period restricts the employer’s free speech rights and limits the employee’s opportunity to hear both sides of the argument to unionize.
  • The new regulation is especially harmful to small business owners, who may not have immediate access to labor counsel versed in the complex laws that dictate the representation election process.
  • Decisions such as which employees appropriately belong in the bargaining unit would be dealt with after the election is over.

Ambush Elections Are a Political Solution in Search of a Problem

  • Unions already win more than 70 percent of union elections – a win rate that has greatly increased over the past 20 years.
  • The average union election only takes 38 days – well within NLRB’s goal of 42 days.
  • Ninety-five percent of all elections conclude within two months.
  • Ambush elections will help bolster declining union membership and fill union coffers that ultimately benefit President Obama and congressional Democrats, not workers. 

With unemployment above 8 percent for 38 straight months, Obama’s ambush election rule will only create more uncertainty in the labor market.

Republican Efforts to Strengthen the Economy:

  • Sessions Responds to Last-Minute Cancellation of Planned Senate Budget Mark-Up and Votes (Read More)
  • Murkowski: Excuses to Block ANWR Have Officially Expired (Read More)
  • Inhofe Letter Targets EPA Air Rule on Hydraulic Fracturing  (Read More)
  • Lugar Condemns President’s Keystone XL Veto Threat (Read More)
  • Sen. Pat Toomey Op-ed: JOBS Act will boost business expansion, create jobs (Read More)
  • Sen. John Boozman Op-ed: Eliminating taxes to help family businesses succeed (Read More)
  • Corker: With Consensus Building for Pro-Growth Tax Reform, Buffett Tax Would Be “Counterproductive” (Read More)
  • Obama Administration Report Reveals that the United States Has 26% of World’s Technically Recoverable Conventional Oil Resources (Read More)
  • Sen. Rob Portman Op-ed: Skip Buffett tax, try for real reform (Read More)