The U.S. House of Representatives has passed South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott's bill to "prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance."

The 1 p.m. vote broke largely along party lines, as expected, with the Charleston-area Republican's colleagues supporting his bid to limit the federal agency's authority.

Scott proposed the legislation this summer in response to the NLRB's complaint against Boeing. The NLRB has alleged Boeing built a second 787 Dreamliner production facility in South Carolina in retaliation for union strikes at its main Washington state aircraft plant.

Scott's bill, which is called the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, prompted a heated debate on the House floor.

Republicans painted the legislation as an important step toward job creation. Democrats decried it as an attack on American workers' rights, calling it "The Outsourcers' Bill of Rights."

The proposal is not expected to clear the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate.

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