Senate Republicans Try to Stop Pro-Worker Overtime Rules

The US Department of Labor has announced that its long-awaited new overtime rules will go into effect on December 1, 2016. As I have previously reported, the new rule is expected to extend overtime protections to 4.2 million more Americans, and it is expected to boost wages for workers by $12 billion over the next 10 years.

You can read our article outlining the new rules here.

Never wanting to miss an opportunity to display their disdain for American workers, Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee chairman Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) announced yesterday that they were offering new legislation to to stop the new overtime rule dead in its tracks.

You can read their announcement here.

The bill has zero chance of becoming law mind you. They don't have the votes in the Senate and it would certainly face a Presidential veto if it were to pass. Regardless, as we enter this election season, Republican lawmakers wanted to make sure you were aware they stand firmly against American workers before you go to vote. I agree with them in this regard and hope you do keep this fact in mind when you go into the voting booth this November.