Labor issues were at the heart of the dispute over funding the Federal Aviation Administration. Language in a long term funding bill changed the way votes were counted for airline employees deciding whether to unionize. A short term funding bill was passed, without resolving the labor dispute.
The nomination of former Edison International CEO John Bryson as Commerce Secretary is hung up over labor issues as well. Bryson sat on the National Labor Relations Board which stopped Boeing from moving jobs from Seattle to South Carolina.
Now, Republican Congressman Darrell Issa of Temecula, as head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has issued a subpoena to the NLRB as part of its investigation into the Boeing decision. Here's the reason, according to Issa,"NLRB's action in the case against Boeing has the potential to create a job-killing precedent just as U.S. manufacturers are working toward economic recovery. That a Washington, D.C.-based bureaucracy could dictate the work location and parameters for a world-leading company is unprecedented in a global economy and hobbles a leading American job creator at a time of economic vulnerability,"
It's not just government spending that divides Democrats and Republicans. It's going to be a long, hot September when Congress returns to Washington.