Senate Labor-HHS bill offers $2.7 billion more than Trump administration requested for Labor, short-changes union enforcement agency

Aug. 14, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in opposition to the S. 3158, the Labor-HHS appropriations bill:

“The Labor-HHS appropriations bill offered in the Senate manages to offer the Labor Department $12.1 billion, $2.7 billion greater than $9.4 billion the Trump administration even requested. Yet, it manages to only give the Office of Labor Management Standards, the only agency that actually polices union corruption, $40.2 million when the Trump administration requested $46.6 million.

“Effectively, the Senate would create the 11th year of the Obama Administration through its Labor Department funding bill, and it should be voted down.

“Americans for Limited Government Foundation research released last month showed that under the Obama Administration, the Labor Department’s Office of Labor Management Standards, the only agency that actually polices union corruption, conducted more than 200 percent fewer compliance audits to protect union members from corruption, generated 40 percent fewer investigations which resulted in 15 percent fewer convictions.

“It is truly stunning that the so-called GOP Senate would produce a Labor Department funding bill that increases spending by $2.7 billion over what the President requested, but would actually cut the spending in the one area which oversees labor union activity.  Based upon this funding bill, you’d think that Chuck Schumer already was in the Majority Leader’s office.”

Attachments:

“Making the Office of Labor-Management Standards Great Again,” By Don Todd and Richard McCarty, July 26, 2018,  http://algresearch.org/2018/07/test-making-the-office-of-labor-management-standards-great-again/

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