To permanently eliminate the National Labor Relations Board, South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy recommends transferring its responsibilities to the Department of Justice.

Congress created the NLRB to enforce the National Labor Relations Act, but many conservatives this year have expressed support for dismantling the board because of its pro-union tendencies.

“We can do with the NLRA what we do with most other federal statutes, which is let the Department of Justice enforce it,” Gowdy, who was a federal prosecutor before running for public office, told The Daily Caller. “Why do you need an NLRB?”

To critics who question giving the Justice Department more power, Gowdy says he’d rather have career federal prosecutors enforcing labor laws than a “free, public, taxpayer-supported law firm in the NLRB.”

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