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Washington, D.C. – During a hearing this week on middle class employment, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Ranking Member on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, said that the Obama Administration’s policies are costing America good, middle class jobs.           

“Although we have heard a lot of talk about job creation, this Administration’s actions have been counterproductive and come at a steep cost to our growing debt and deficit.  Instead of taking actions to create a positive job growth environment, this Administration has actually discouraged and prevented job growth,” Enzi said. “The Administration is creating this era of uncertainty where businesses don’t know what they can do, where they can do it and how they can do it. When businesses are in that kind of mode they’re not going to hire people. Businesses need the freedom to make decisions without federal government interference,” said Enzi.

Last month, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) Acting General Counsel filed a complaint against Boeing alleging the company committed an unfair labor practice by opening a new production line at a non-union plant in South Carolina.  The complaint, filed 17 months after the company announced its move, argues that Boeing is opening the South Carolina production line in retaliation for past union strikes in Washington State.  It seeks to have the second production line moved out of South Carolina to Washington State. 

“Boeing moved forward with plans to expand their manufacturing in the United States in the middle of a deep recession. They hired more than 1,000 new employees in South Carolina and invested millions of dollars in their new facility there.  At the same time, Boeing’s production and hiring were also increasing in Washington State with more than 2,000 new union jobs at their Puget Sound facility, again during a recession.  The jobs created by Boeing are among the highest paid aerospace workers in the United States. This company deserves our congratulations and respect, not demonization.”

To view Senator Enzi’s full statement in the HELP Committee CLICK HERE

For video from the hearing CLICK HERE.