Issa, Democrats, NLRB spar over oversight committee document demands

A subpoena war may be brewing between the National Labor Relations Board and House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican, as they squabble over whether the labor agency is meeting document production requirements.

Rep. Issa set a Friday noon deadline this week for the NLRB to respond to a subpoena he issued. According to a letter from NLRB general counsel Lafe Solomon to Rep. Issa, which The Daily Caller has obtained, the NLRB provided Issa with more than 4,300 pages of documents Friday. That’s in addition to the NLRB’s claims that it has previously provided Issa with more than 1,500 pages.

It’s unclear what each of those pages contained, and whether they met Issa’s requirements. Either way, Issa is not happy with the response.

“The National Labor Relations Board and Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon have thus far failed to comply with a lawful subpoena,” Issa said in a statement. “This refusal by NLRB to abide by the law further heightens concerns that this is a rogue agency acting improperly. The integrity of NLRB and its leadership is clearly in question.”

Issa’s subpoena required that the NLRB and its general counsel, Lafe Solomon, provide all documents and internal communications relating to the case against The Boeing Company for opening its new plant in South Carolina.

“The public has a right to know the truth about why a government agency would choose to take action to benefit organized labor, that threatens thousands of non-union jobs in South Carolina, while setting a precedent impacting manufacturers across the country,” Issa said. “It is imperative that Congress get complete facts about NLRB’s decision-making process in this matter. Its continued refusal to fully cooperate will not deter this committee as it moves forward in efforts to determine what occurred and to hold NLRB officials to account.”

A new development appears to arise from the feud between Issa and the NLRB over document production and subpoena issuance. Several high-ranking House Democrats are bashing Issa and calling for the chairman to rescind his NLRB subpoena entirely.

Ranking oversight committee member Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat; judiciary committee ranking member Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat; and education and workforce committee chairman Rep. George Miller, California Democrat signed a letter calling on Issa to back down.

“You may personally disagree with the laws Congress enacted to protect workers against discrimination,” they wrote to Issa on Friday. “You may also disagree with the judge’s decision in this case upholding those laws. But it is not a legitimate use of the Committee’s authority to circumvent those laws on behalf of corporate interests.”

  • Richard Carroll

    Can they hold the NLRB in contempt for not following instructions. I say lock their asses up until they comply to the legal order.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCRRKU3PUZTJP5OLXT664SYV2E Michael

    Issa is just grand standing on the tax payers dime.  the Statute calls for the NLRB to investigate allegations of impropriety.   that is their function.  the letters to the congressmen from other committee heads are absolutely on point.  It is amazing how people can chime in when they have absolutely no clue what they are talking about.  I guarantee all the Union bashing comments are made by people that have never once looked at the NLRB’s enabling Statute. 

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  • Anonymous

    We all know what is happening here. The ideologues of the NLRB are trying to make an end run around the law based on a 2-1 majority and Issa is shining a light – watch the roaches shuttle around. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UFTI3QJ3TKPE4AS3EMSH6OZ5QM 4sailing

    Obama needs to step down and take Holder, Pelosi, Reid, and Biden with him – what a nighmare excuse for humans they are.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UFTI3QJ3TKPE4AS3EMSH6OZ5QM 4sailing

    NLRB a new reason to find libs vile – not like we needed any new reasons. 
    Why is it not ok for him to use his committee to ask why a government agency is trying to squash more jobs – but it’s perfectly fine for the feds to go after a company that is trying to improve the job market without the constant attack and bs from the unions.

  • Anonymous

    Investigation of suspected unlawful activity has thrown Solomon into whining mode. Update to lefities: Playing victim by imposing your “victim/perpetrator” portrayal of events won’t garner sympathy like it used to. 

  • Anonymous

    More Chicago Politics from Obama’s administration the “most transparent” administration ever.