Labor Disagreement May Prompt President To Allow Government Shutdown

Date: December 10, 2015

White House Warns Measure Included In Budget Legislation To Reverse NLRB Ruling May Prompt Shutdown

The White House said Wednesday that the President “might allow the government to shut down Friday” because of a measure to reverse an NLRB ruling that “broadens employers’ liability for labor violations,” the Washington Times reported. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said, “We obviously would be opposed to any effort by Republicans in Congress to insert that measure in the budget bill.” While Earnest “wouldn’t specify whether the so-called NLRB ‘rider’…would draw a presidential veto,” he “strongly suggested that Republicans’ efforts to repeal NLRB rulings, including a move to end unionizing ‘ambush elections,’ are among the items most likely to force a shutdown showdown with the White House.” Politico reported that according to Rep. Brad Ashford (D-NE), at least 40 House Democrats are in support of the rider, which “would block the NLRB’s new joint employer standard.” During a conference call with small businesses, Ashford said there were a “significant number of what I would call pro-small business Democrats who are seeking ways to ease the burden of regulations.” However, it remains to be seen if the rider will be in the final budget bill.

What Happens Next

Reuters reported that the White House expressed hope that Republicans would drop their push to include “ideological” riders in the spending bill. They have until Friday to complete budget appropriations despite earlier agreeing to budget totals for FY 2016. The Washington Times reported that the White House has said President Obama “will not sign a short-term extension of the budget to keep the government open, unless negotiators need only a day or two more to complete procedural steps.” A separate Reuters story cited a House leadership aide who said the House will vote Friday on a stop-gap spending measure to extend the deadline for passage of an omnibus measure to fund government operations through September.

What This Means For Small Businesses

Small businesses struggle to grow under uncertain regulatory and economic conditions. News that a labor issue is being used to score political points by the White House and Congress during final budget negotiations is a frustrating reminder of politics as usual under this administration.

Additional Reading

McClatchy, Roll Call, The Hill, the Washington Post, and the New York Times were among the additional outlets also covering the current budget showdown.

Note: this article is intended to keep small business owners up on the latest news. It does not necessarily represent the policy stances of NFIB.

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