Monday, August 13, 2012

Most lawless administration in history, Part MMCLXVI


WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats rejected a Republican effort to force defense contractors to send out notices of possible job layoffs four days before the election, calling the move politically driven and purely speculative based on looming spending cuts.

Bad ol' Republicans doing something politically driven!

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 17-13 against an amendment by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. The provision would have overturned Labor Department guidance this week to federal contractors that they do not have to warn their employees about potential layoffs from the automatic, across-the-board cuts that kick in Jan. 2.

Sounds bad. But finally the context:

A 1980s law, known as the WARN Act, says those notices would have to go out 60 days in advance of the cuts, which would put them in workers' mailboxes four days before the Nov. 6 election.

So basically, back when a Republican occupied the White House, Congress passed a law requiring these notices to be sent under exactly the circumstances in which we now find ourselves. But like so many other laws, the Obama administration has simply decided to . . . ignore it.

Frankly, when you have to pass laws that say, "follow the law," you know you have a problem.


Elusive Wapiti said...

Works so well with illegal immigration, may as well try it with labor law, too.

Anonymous said...

I used to fear the deluge of crap that will happen during the lame duck session. But this government shows they aren't waiting that long. And none of the executive branch agencies care about obeying the law.

heresolong said...

Don't forget work requirements for welfare EW. The administration just defined "weight loss classes" as work for the purposes of getting your check.