Despite Vote, NLRB Controversy Awaits Senators on Campaign Trail

By Justin Hakes
The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee yesterday quashed a bid by Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to restrict funding for the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial complaint against The Boeing company, a complaint that has sent shockwaves through the business community in South Carolina and nationwide. 
The Committee killed the measure in a 15-15 vote in which Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) crossed party lines to support a modified Graham amendment reining in the NLRB.  Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) ended up opposing Graham’s amendment just a day after Politico reported that he had no firm position on the issue.
According to Politico:
“If Graham were to succeed, he would have gained a foothold in what will very likely be a massive year-end spending package now anticipated by the Appropriations leadership. And it would be that much harder then for Democrats to strike.”
 
While the Senate may have sidestepped the white-hot NLRB Boeing controversy for now, Senators running for office next year will likely have no such luck.  The topic already is alive and well on the 2012 campaign trail, and while aspiring Senators may run from the issue, it certainly seems that they won’t be able to hide.