WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Charlie Dent (PA-15) offered the following remarks in response to House passage of a bill (H.R. 6094) that revises income thresholds for overtime recipients and postpones the effective date of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule from December 1, 2016 until June 1, 2017:

“The administration’s poorly thought out overtime rule will have a devastating effect on a number of businesses, non-profits and many individual workers in my district,” Dent stated. “I have heard a number of people in the 15th district describe how the rule will negatively impact their operations, including the local YMCA, the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley and the LGBT center in Allentown. Understanding the adverse impacts of the administration’s proposal, I supported H.R. 6094 to provide some respite from the effects of this rule.”

On September 28, 2016, the House of Representatives passed H.R> 6094 by a vote of 246-177. The bill is a response to the DOL’s finalized rule enacted in May 2016 that maintains the existing regulatory structure and doubles the salary threshold for determining overtime pay for executive administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees to an annual amount of $47,476. The bill would delay the overtime rule’s effect for six months.

 “As a cosponsor of H.R. 6094, I’m proud to have supported this effort to provide immediate relief to non-profits, universities, and small businesses from the effects of this shortsighted rule and assess. Creating an environment where employers can continue to thrive and be a reliable source of jobs for our communities has been a legislative priority since I took office, and I believe this bill reflects that priority,” Dent concluded.

Organizations that have voiced their support include:

  • National Federation of Independent Businesses
  • American Association of Community Colleges
  • National Restaurant Association
  • Association of Public Land-Grant Universities
  • National Retail Federation
  • American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • American Council on Education
  • Americans for Tax Reform
  • Americans for Prosperity
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities
  • Associated Builders Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Concerned Women for America
  • National Association of Chain Restaurants
  • National Grocers Association
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • SVE Council
  • College and University Professional Association for Human Resources

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