Washington, Feb. 6 — Associated Builders and Contractors Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs Kristen Swearingen today issued the following statement on the passage of the deceptively named Protecting the Right to Organize Act, H.R. 2474, in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 224 to 194:
“This big labor wish list was passed at the expense of workers, entrepreneurs and small businesses by the Democrat-controlled House, and seeks to hamper growth of the U.S. construction sector, which supports more than 7.5 million jobs. Violating privacy rights, eliminating choice and diminishing the freedom of construction employees in order to shift the advantage toward forced unionization would fundamentally harm our nation’s businesses and curb opportunities for hardworking Americans.
“Ignoring sound policy that supports American workers and allows our economy to thrive, Democrats and some Republicans grit their teeth while supporting this bill to gain political favor with labor leaders. Thankfully, President Trump has issued a veto threat against the bill and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will never bring this harmful legislation to the Senate floor.”
Swearingen also chairs the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace—a coalition of hundreds of organizations representing millions of businesses in nearly every industry nationwide that oppose the PRO Act.
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