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Senate Republicans File Motion to Roll Back Overtime Rule

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Senate Republicans File Motion to Roll Back Overtime Rule

June 13, 2016

The chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Johnson (R-WI), along with 42 other Senate Republicans filed a motion of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which allows lawmakers to vote to roll back controversial regulations. S. J. Res 34 would block the Department of Labor’s Overtime Exemption Rule, which was published in the Federal Register on May 23rd.

Under the Congressional Review Act, a simple majority is needed in both the House and Senate to block a rule, but it can be vetoed by the President.

Note: There is ambiguity over the deadline for Congressional Review, which may have moved from May 16 to May 23 since the Senate added legislative days to its calendar, meaning the final Rule would not be subject to Congressional Review. If a Rule is finalized after the CRA deadline, to repeal the rule requires passage of legislation through Congress revising the underlying law.

Source: The Hill