House Republicans Move to Block Overtime Rule

June 16, 2016

House GOP leaders are trying to shut down the Administration's efforts to raise overtime pay for hourly workers. reports Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) filed a motion of disapproval this morning under the Congressional Review Act which allows lawmakers to vote to roll back controversial regulations, in an effort to repeal the Labor Department’s new overtime rule due to go into effect December 1, 2016.

“Our nation’s overtime rules need to be modernized, but the Department of Labor’s extreme and partisan approach will lead to damaging consequences that the American people simply cannot afford,” Foxx said. “This resolution will protect workers, students, small business owners, and vulnerable individuals from a rule that will do more harm than good.”

The Obama administration's overtime rule, which was finalized last month, gives salaried employees earning up to $47,476 a year eligible for overtime pay.  Originally the cap was $50,440 but was lowered $3,000 in negotiations. By 2020, workers making upwards of $51,000 to be eligible for overtime pay.

The Labor Department says this would increase pay for more than 4 million low-wage employees who work long hours.

But Republicans say it will propel businesses to lay off workers and cut their hours to avoid paying time-and-a-half.

“The Department of Labor has finalized a rule that will limit opportunities for workers, make it harder to realize the dream of a college education, and jeopardize important services for individuals in need,” House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-Minn.) said in a statement.

Earlier this month, 44 Senate Republicans filed a motion of disapproval.

Republican efforts include attempting to block the overtime rule as well a several other Labor Department regulations include the department's fiduciary rule requiring financial advisors to act in the best interest of retirement savers.

The overtime rule is set to go into effect on December 1 but even if Republicans vote down the overtime rule, they probably will not have enough support to overcome a veto from President Obama.