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Committee Holds Small Business Owners Roundtable on Cutting Government Red Tape

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Washington, June 15, 2016 | comments

Job Creators Tell Committee Members: DOL Overtime Rule Bad for Their Businesses

WASHINGTON – Today, House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH) held a roundtable discussion with small business owners from across the country on how their businesses and workers will be harmed by the new overtime rule issued by theDepartment of Labor last month. Committee members and entrepreneurs discussed how the Obama Administration’s pattern of regulatory overreach has created an atmosphere of uncertainty for America’s small businesses and hurt the very employees they claim to help.

“For months now, our Committee has been warning the Obama administration that the proposed DOL overtime rule will be a disaster for America’s 28 million small businesses and their workers,” said Chairman Chabot (R-OH). With the December 1st compliance deadline approaching, small employers and their employees are now dealing with the consequences of this terrible policy in the form of job losses, demotions, less flexibility, lower wages, and reduced benefits.Today’s discussion highlighted just how devastating this rule will be for the millions of Americans who go to work every day at a small business. During these difficult times, small businesses need to know we have their back and will continue to do all we can to slash the government red tape that is harming them.”

Participants in the roundtable included Committee members Rep. Trent Kelly (R-MS) and Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH), as well as Ms. Rudaina Hamade of Renaissance Property Management Solutions, LLC in Dearborn, MI, Mr. Ron Collins, of JCM Industries in Nash, TX, Mr. Harold Jackson of Buffalo Supply in Lafayette, CO, Ms. Ciara Stockeland, the Founder and COO of Mama Mia Inc. / MODE in Fargo, ND, Dr. Herb Sohn, the Owner of Strauss Surgical Group in Chicago, IL, Ms. Maxine Turner, President of Cuisine Unlimited Inc. in Salt Lake City, UT, Mr. Ian MacLean, of Highland Landscaping, LLC in Southlake, TX, and Mr. Jeffrey G. Tucker of Tucker Company Worldwide, Inc. in Haddonfield, NJ.

BACKGROUND:

  • Chairman Chabot has served as co-chairman of the special House Task Force on Reducing Regulatory Burdens. Yesterday, Speaker Ryan, Chairman Chabot and House Republicans unveiled the work of the task force in front of the Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, DC.
  • You can read the full report titled “A Better Way to Grow the Economy” here and view video of Chabot’s remarks yesterday here.
  • Chairman Chabot is a co-sponsor of H.R. 4773, the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, which would nullify the rule and require the DOL do a thorough economic impact analysis of any substantially similar rule.

Chabot, Committee Members talk cutting government red tape with a diverse roundtable of small business owners from across the United States

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