Trump Repeals 'Blacklisting Rule' Using Shortcut

March 28, 2017

Monday afternoon during a White House ceremony, President Trump struck down the 90-page Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule by signing the one-page House Joint Resolution 37. H.J. Res. 37 was part of a package of resolutions which “roll back job killing rules,” said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer during a press briefing earlier in the day. Spicer said manufacturers had identified the rule “as one of the most significant threats to growing American business and hiring more American workers.”

The Obama-era rule was intended to prevent the government from contracting with businesses responsible for wage theft or workplace safety violations at any point within the last three years.

However, 'blacklisting' rule was opposed by industry groups who felt it added an unnecessary burden to contractors and left those businesses vulnerable to lawsuits.

Supporters of the rule now fear that the layer of protection from employers who put their workers at risk will ignore safe workplace initiatives. “The message Donald Trump is sending today is that there are no consequences for companies who break American Labor law,” said Joseph Geevarghese, executive director of Good Jobs Nation, which is part of the movement lobbying for a $15 federal minimum wage.

Trump and the Republican-led Congress voted to strike down the regulations using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows certain federal regulations to be undone while preventing the minority in the Senate from using the filibuster.

The catch is that Congress has only 60 legislative (in session) days in which it can reach back into 2016 to repeal a 2016 regulation through this process. Since Trump entered the White House two months ago, the House has passed 14 resolutions disapproving of Obama-era regulations using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Senate has approved 10 resolutions, and President Trump has signed three measures into law. The White House has indicated Trump intends to sign all of the measures approved by Congress with the use of the CRA. The deadline for Trump to sign these repeals is May 9.

For a Wikipedia explanation of the CRA and how it has been used in the past, click here: