Nada On DACA (Beltway Buzz - June 15, 2018)


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Our Washington Capitals fever is breaking here in D.C. but not before local area legislators introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives congratulating the team on their recent Stanley Cup victory. No surprise here. After all, at least some authorities argue that the phrase "jumping on the bandwagon" started in politics. Here is your Beltway Buzz.

Nada on DACA. House Republican leadership was able to quell a quasi-rebellion within its ranks by promising votes on two immigration bills next week: the Securing America's Future Act of 2018 (H.R. 4760) and a yet-to-be-introduced bill to be drafted by Republican leadership. As we have been discussing at the Buzz, Republicans who are frustrated with the lack of House action to resolve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) issue hoped to circumvent leadership by passing a discharge resolution to trigger a series of immigration votes on the House floor. Before this deal was struck, these legislators were just two votes shy of the 218 votes needed to trigger a discharge petition. It is unclear whether either of the bills scheduled for next week will garner enough votes to pass.

More Labor Legislation Proposed. About one month ago, the Buzz discussed Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-VT) labor law reform wish list legislation, the Workplace Democracy Act. Not to be outdone by their Green Mountain colleague, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), and House Education and the Workforce Committee Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA), introduced the Workers' Freedom to Negotiate Act of 2018. The bill includes many of the same provisions as the Sanders bill, such as codification of the Browning-Ferris joint-employer standard but is even more sweeping. For example, the bill adds prohibitions on the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration, codifies provisions of the "ambush" election rule, and resuscitates the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces "blacklisting" scheme, as well as the Board's failed notice posting regulations. Text of the legislation is here. As with the Sanders bill, while this latest effort is unlikely to gain traction, it could serve as a marker if...

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