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Roe Applauds Decision to Stop Overtime Rule

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For Immediate Release, November 22, 2016 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. - Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) released the following statement after U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of Texas blocked the Department of Labor's overtime rule: 

"While we all want to see the wages of hardworking Americans rise, the Department of Labor's proposed overtime rule would have wreaked havoc on our nation's workforce and higher education system. This ruling is a win for American workers, students and job creators. This misguided regulation would have affected Tennessee disproportionately, as the threshold set by the proposed rule was higher than the median income in our state. I look forward to working with President-elect Trump to implement policies that will foster job creation and allow Americans to keep more of their hard-earned pay."

Congressman Roe was a leading voice against the overtime rule. In September he voted for the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools and Nonprofits Act. The bill, which passed the House with bipartisan support, would have delayed the rule for 6 months.   

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