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Rep. Engel Slams GOP Attempt to Destroy the 40-Hour Work Week


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-16) voted against what he called a "shameless attempt to destroy the 40-hour work week." House Republicans passed the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1406), which would encourage employers to demand longer hours by cutting overtime costs.

"The one thing I give them credit for is the creative name they chose for this shameless attempt to destroy the 40-hour work week. Republicans call it the Working Families Flexibility Act -- but what it really should be called is the "Pay Working Families Less Act.' That's what it would result in -- hard-working American families taking home less pay each week. If this bill ever became law it would make things worse for many familiesnow struggling to make ends meet.

"It affects every person on a payroll in America who works a 40-hour work week - working from paycheck to paycheck, trying to afford the rent or their kids' college tuition. It takes money out of the pockets of the American worker. What is most offensive is that the Republicans disguise this gutting of labor laws in language that make it appear as a promise to allow people to spend time at home with their families. Sure, if you don't mind a pay cut in the process. This legislation slashes overtime and sends labor relations back a century.

"House Republicans are pulling a page out of their playbook of the past two years by wasting time on legislation which promotes an extreme agenda pandering to their Tea Party backers. This agenda has no chance of ever passing the Senate,and the President has guaranteed a veto, so its sole purpose is for political pandering. There are too many important issues we should be addressing, and are not, which makes this type of bill even more offensive."

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