Charleston, SC - Today, Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) stood up for the rights of working families at a field hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee in Charleston, South Carolina. The Republican-controlled OGR Committee held the hearing despite objections that it interferes with an on-going case before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Rep. Braley defended the rights of working families in his opening remarks and throughout the hearing:
"We`re facing a manufacturing crisis in this country - 15 factories are shutting down every day - but instead of addressing this issue and working to create new jobs, the Republican leadership has chosen to try and score political points. This hearing was a blatant attempt to interfere in an on-going judicial process - a process that should be free of tampering and interference to make it fair to both parties involved. By coming to a conservative region and calling conservative witnesses, the Republican members of the Oversight Committee are playing politics with the legally-protected rights of millions of working families across this country. Americans spokeloud and clear in November, they want us to create jobs and get our deficitunder control. That should be our focus, not attacking working families andtheir rights to organize and fight for fair wages."
A video of Rep. Braley`s remarks at the hearing is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?