Gardner Joins Colleagues to Block DOL’s Overtime Rule

Washington, DC Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) released the below statement following the introduction of a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval regarding the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule. Gardner is an original cosponsor of the resolution.


“The Department of Labor’s overtime rule will hurt Coloradans and Americans throughout the country, in particular small businesses and non-profits, and significantly reduce flexibility in the work schedule,” said Gardner. “I continue to meet with numerous small business owners across Colorado who worry about the impact this rule will have on their employees and ability to remain viable. Once again, the Obama Administration is imposing its one-size-fits-all approach to regulation, and it will undoubtedly hurt the very people it was designed to protect. After eight years of slow economic growth under President Obama, the last thing this country needs is more burdensome regulation. I will continue to work to get Washington out of the way and allow small businesses do what they do best: create jobs.”


The DOL released the final rule in May and mandated that it will go into effect December 1, 2016. The new regulation will double the threshold for overtime pay and tie future increases to inflation without the opportunity for a public comment period. Gardner has long opposed the DOL’s overtime rule, and in March, he cosponsored the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act to delay the DOL from issuing its final overtime rule.


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy. 

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