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Roe Statement on Obama Administration’s Overtime Rule

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For Immediate Release, May 18, 2016 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement on the Obama administration’s final overtime rule:

“Once again, the Obama administration is bypassing Congress despite offers from Congressional leaders to modernize outdated overtime rules. I have already heard from small businesses, non-profits and colleges across Tennessee that will be negatively affected by this new rule. With their current workforce, the University of Tennessee has predicted they will incur over $9.5 million in additional costs as a result of this rule, which would be equal to a 2.2 percent tuition increase. How can you say you want to make college affordable then unilaterally push a rule like this?

“The Department’s new threshold is higher than the median income in Tennessee, which means it will impact Tennessee disproportionately. This rule will likely force job creators to make difficult personnel decisions that will undoubtedly lead to fewer opportunities for Tennessee workers, and you’ll see this happen in smaller areas around the country that cannot simply absorb these higher costs like larger cities.

“I’ve cosponsored legislation that requested the Department provide an economic analysis of their rule before moving forward, but this commonsense proposal was ignored by the administration. It’s extremely disappointing that the administration is rushing a flawed rule that will affect millions of Americans rather than working with Congress on new standards.”
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