NEW YORK (
) -- Republican presidential hopefuls cheered the National Labor Relations Board's decision on Friday to drop its challenge to
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to build a new manufacturing plant in South Carolina.
The board dropped the case against Boeing after the machinists union reached a four-year agreement with the aerospace company that promised to build the newest 737 planes in Washington state.
"The National Labor Relations Board's decision to drop its suit against Boeing is a welcome step," Mitt Romney said in a statement. "But the fact that the Board acted at the request of the union bosses tells us all we need to know about who is calling the shots."
"The NLRB's suit was a politically motivated assault on the rule of law by President Obama and his big labor allies," Newt Gingrich said in a statement. "The Republican House should cut off all funding for the NLRB until President Obama withdraws the nominations [to the NLRB] of Lafe Soloman and Craig Becker."
"The NLRB decision is a victory in a battle that should have never been fought," former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman said. "Their action against Boeing in South Carolina was an unprecedented attempt to interfere in the free market, and an attempt to politicize companies' decisions as how and where they create jobs."
" The NLRB action was a political payoff for the Obama Administration's liberal big labor organizers, and remains a strong example of why President Obama must be defeated and Washington must be seriously overhauled," said Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
"I'm glad people are going to be working," President Obama said in response to a reporter's question about the decision.
"Obama is glad they have reached a resolution, but the president was not involved," Jay Carney, White House press secretary, said Friday.
-- Written by Joe Deaux in New York.
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