CD022: Crippling the Regulators

The House passed two bills this week designed to prevent regulation enforcement; one prevents environmental reviews on certain hydro-power projects, the other prevents the National Labor Relations Board from functioning at all.

A small conduit hydroelectic project

Links to Information in this Podcast

Song: We’ve Got Balls by Robin and the Giant (downloaded from Music Alley)

Text of the bill: H.R. 678: “The Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act”

Congressional Dish summary of H.R. 678

Bureau of Reclamation report and maps of potential projects in 13 states

Bill passed with only 15 House members either voting against it or not voting at all.

Song: Work Til You Die by The Undercover Hippie (downloaded from Music Alley)

Text of the bill: H.R. 1120: “Preventing Greater Uncertainty in Labor-Management Relations Act”

Congressional Dish summary of H.R. 1120

Video from the H.R. 1120 mark-up hearing in the House Education and Workforce Committee

What is the National Labor Relations Board?

Office of Legal Council memo saying President Obama’s recess appointments are legal

U.S. Court of Appeals rules President Obama’s recess appointments were unconstitutional

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