The Book of Ron Paul
1998 Ron Paul Chapter 48
6 May 1998
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The SPEAKER pro tempore. For what purpose does the gentleman from Texas rise?
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Mr. PAUL. I ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks.
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The SPEAKER pro tempore. Without objection. The gentleman may proiceed.
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Mr. PAUL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to speak for 80 percent of Americans who support the National Right to Work Act, H.R. 59.
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The National Right to Work Act repeals those sections of Federal law that give union officials the power to force workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.
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Compulsory unionism violates employers and employees constitutional rights of freedom of contract and association. Congress has no constitutional authority to force employees to pay union dues to a labor union as a condition of getting or keeping a job.
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Passage of the National Right to Work Act would be a major step forward in ending Congress illegitimate interference in the labor markets and liberating Americas economy from heavy-handed government intervention. Since Congress created this injustice, we have the moral responsibility to work to end it, Mr. Speaker.
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The 80 percent of Americans who support right-to-work deserve to know which Members of Congress support workers freedom. I, therefore, urge the congressional leadership, the majority of which have promised to place a National Right to Work Act on the floor, to fulfill their promise to the American people and schedule a time certain for a vote on H.R. 59.