Hodes and Shea-PorterVote to Weaken Oversight of Corrupt Union Bosses

Both Democrat New Hampshire Representatives Paul Hodes (D-NH) And Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) Voted This WeekTo Reduce Funding For The Federal Agency Charged With Rooting Out Union Corruption And Overseeing Disclosure

While Democrat Appropriators Increased Spending In The FY08 Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Bill By $1 Billion Over The President’s Budget Request, They Cut $2 Million In Funding For The Office Of Labor Management. “The House is working on its 2008 health and labor bill this week, and all told Democrats are likely to spend about $1 billion more than President Bush's $10.6 billion request for the Department of Labor. The workplace inspectors at OSHA will get an increase, for example. But, lo, Democrats are cutting $2 million from the current $47.7 million budget for the Office of Labor Management Standards, or 18% below Mr. Bush's $56 million request for 2008.” (Editorial,“Congress's Union Dues,” Wall Street Journal , July 20, 2007)

Ø The Office Of Labor Management Standards Oversees Union Criminal Investigations. “This is the same office that, from 2001 to 2006, investigated more than 2,000 criminal cases that secured some 650 indictments of union officials who had engaged in everything from embezzlement to extortionate picketing.” (Editorial, “Congress's UnionDues,” Wall Street Journal ,July 20, 2007)

Ø It Also Tracks Reports That Disclose How Union Officials Are Spending Money Collected From Union Dues. “The standards shop has also implemented a 2004 rule requiring unions to file expanded disclosure reports, obliging them for the first time to disclose how much dues money they spend on politics and union salaries.” (Editorial,“Congress's Union Dues,” WallStreet Journal , July 20, 2007)

Hodes And Shea-Porter Voted Twice For Reduced Funding For The Office. (H.R. 3043, Roll Call Vote #686: Passed 276-140, July19, 2007, Hodes and Shea-Porter voted Yea; H.R. 3043, Roll Call Vote #642:Failed 186-237, July 17, 2007, Hodes and Shea-Porter voted Nay)

As The Wall Street Journal Said, “Call It A Case Of Democrats Paying Their Union Dues.” (Editorial, “Congress's Union Dues,” Wall Street Journal , July 20, 2007)

Allison Ryan

Political Director

New Hampshire Republican Party