Vote Explanation for H.R. 6094 — Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act

This week I voted against H.R. 6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act, because I believe delaying the implementation of the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule would have a harmful effect on working families. This legislation is an attempt to undermine the implementation of the rule altogether.

This past May, the Department of Labor issued a rule, known as the Overtime Rule, that raised the salary threshold under which most salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay from $23,660 to $47,476 per year, and mandated regular updates to the salary threshold to ensure that it would not end up out of date again. The Overtime Rule was issued after hundreds of thousands of public comments, received over several months, and is an important update to the regulatory structure that governs which workers are eligible for overtime pay. H.R. 6094 would needlessly delay the implementation of the rule, preventing thousands of workers from receiving overtime pay for which they should be eligible.

Overtime pay is a crucial protection for middle class workers. Yet the percentage of workers eligible for overtime pay has dropped from 62 percent in 1975 to only 7 percent today. That means more workers are being required to work extra hours without being properly compensated for their time. The Overtime Rule would help bridge that gap.

The Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule is a common-sense fix, developed in consultation with the business community, labor, education institutions, and government leaders, that will have an immediate impact of thousands of middle class American families. That’s why I voted against delaying its implementation.