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|April 1, 1969 – January 3, 2011|
|Birthday||October 3, 1938|
|Place of birth||Okmulgee, Oklahoma|
House Resolution 4899
Obey sponsored and presented H.R. 4899 as the Disaster Relief and Summer Jobs Act of 2010.
Letter of opposition
Cory Gardner and 38 other Republican Colorado state lawmakers sent a strongly worded letter of opposition to Capitol Hill to thwart a proposal tacked on to House Resolution 4899. The proposal would require state and local governments to participate in collective bargaining with labor groups representing police officers, firefighters, and emergency responders. The letter claimed the proposal would stifle economic recovery in Colorado.
Gardner wrote the letter, addressed to all members of Colorado’s congressional delegation, which characterizes the bill as a "dangerous amendment" to House Resolution 4899 offered by Rep. David Obey.
Citing economic considerations, the letter states that the proposed amendment would cause more harm than good to Colorado’s economy. Gardner says now is not the time to fiddle with the equilibrium currently maintained between labor unions and government.
"Particularly with all of the uncertainty currently surrounding the economy, now is not the time to be making radical changes to the balance between labor unions and local governments," said Gardner. "The amendment that has been attached to this bill will cause further harm to our economy and hinder our economic recovery."
One Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Lois Tochtrop of Thornton, Colorado, said she wholeheartedly supported the proposal.
“I would support any amendment that would that would help in the process of collective bargaining whether in government, or in the private sector. I do not see any economic harm in allowing employees to have a place at the table,” said Tochtrop.