Salmon Drops 3rd Bill as Part of Shrink Our Spending (SOS) Initiative

Apr 2, 2014
Press Release
Defunds National Labor Relations Board

Washington, D.C.—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced his third in a series of bills that will be introduced over the next few months to highlight and cut wasteful taxpayer-funded programs government-wide. Upon introduction of his latest bill to eliminate federal funding for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Salmon released the following statement:

“In my quest to continue to cut wasteful spending, my third piece of legislation as part of my SOS Initiative deals with defunding the NLRB, a pro-union organization that can dictate where businesses can locate, expand and spend their capital. U.S. taxpayers already fund the Department of Justice to oversee a wide variety of civil, criminal and administrative labor issues, and with their experience and province, they are certainly capable of handling claims of unfair labor practices. Moreover, they could do so without the pro-big-labor bias and partisanship that is endemic to the NRLB. Congress must start making hard choices now to reduce wasteful spending in our budget instead of continuing to fund duplicative agencies. I am happy to continue to lead this charge.”


The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) was officially established in 1935 when President Franklin Roosevelt signed into law Senator Wagner’s National Labor Relations Act, which, in part, created an independent agency to implement and administer the new national labor policy. Today, the NLRB has become a vast bureaucratic agency that does nothing but impede job growth and economic prosperity. The Department of Justice already oversees a wide variety of civil, criminal and administrative labor issues, including anti-trust laws, voting rights, and major mergers and acquisitions. In the most recent appropriations legislation, $274,224,000 were allocated towards this agency.

Bill text available here.

SOS Initiatives:

Bill Number




H.R. 4231

Defunds East-West Center

Department of State

$ 16,700,000

H.R. 4362

Prohibits funding to United Nations Population Fund

Department of State

$ 35,000,000


Defunds National Labor Relations Board



Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative:

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“Our nation is drowning in debt – $17.4 trillion dollars of it…Yet, our nation’s leaders continue to approve wasteful spending without a blink, and continue to spend your tax dollars in the most imprudent ways. Enough is enough. We must have the courage to start cutting spending somewhere…

Every federal department, agency and office has wasteful spending within their budgets.

To address this problem and honor my promise to you, I am pleased to announce the launching of my Shrinking Our Spending Initiative, or SOS Initiative. My SOS Initiative will push to make the hard spending cuts we refuse to make, in the areas of government we refuse to touch.

My goal through the SOS Initiative is to find at least 1.5 billion dollars in wasteful spending that can be eliminated.

As part of my SOS Initiative, I plan to introduce a new bill each week we are in session to cut wasteful spending in a different area of our federal government.

These bills will highlight wasteful and duplicative programs that your tax dollars are currently funding. And some of these wasteful programs will surprise you…”

Click here for more information about the SOS Initiative.

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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