Washington Weekly
Aug. 24, 2015

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The House and Senate were in recess.More

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The House and Senate are in recess.More

Item of Interest

Have you contacted your representative and the Department of Labor (DOL) to ask that they extend the deadline for comments on overtime regulations? The Department of Labor plans to raise the threshold for overtime qualifications, which means that while many may now qualify for overtime, converting from salary to hourly will be required. While an increase to the salary threshold is due, the magnitude proposed by DOL and almost any changes to the duties test will hurt small businesses and other employers, as well as workers and the economy as a whole. Many employees could lose the flexibility they currently enjoy, employers could be faced with crushing increases in labor and administrative costs, businesses would suffer with low employee morale, and the consumer could experience jumps in prices for goods and services as well as diminished customer service. In an already stagnant economy, these consequences would be devastating.

That is why we are working with the Partnership to Protect Workplace Opportunity (PPWO) to demand that the administration take a more measured approach. However, DOL only provided a 60-day period for the public to submit comments. This is simply not enough time to respond, so please use our Web portal to reach out to DOL and to your members of Congress and tell them that the public needs an additional 60 days to comment.

Click here for an easy way to contact both DOL and your members of Congress about this important issue. Please take a brief moment to voice your opinion and tell these regulators to extend the comment period. More

House Republicans Really Think They Can Amend Obamacare This Fall
National Journal
While congressional leaders continue to debate whether to pursue near-full repeal of the Affordable Care Act through budget reconciliation, and GOP presidential candidates lay out Obamacare-replacement proposals, House Republicans are looking at a smaller batch of changes to the health care law they think could make it to Obama's desk. House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady told National Journal that his panel could mark up health care tax legislation later this year. More

GOP Struggles to Replace Obamacare Without Losing Voters
The Hill
Just before Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal revealed his plan to replace Obamacare last year, he sat down with 15 of Washington's top conservative health care wonks to discuss it. They didn't approve. "Near the end, they said, 'You make a good point, but what you've put forward, we just don't think it's politically viable,'" Jindal's longtime adviser Curt Anderson recalled in an interview this week.More

Potential Biden Run Divides Obama Orbit
Politico
Hearts are breaking in the White House in the Obama alumni network just thinking about a Joe Biden presidential run. They don't know what to root for. Biden versus Hillary Clinton would tear at loyalties, emotions, political calculations — and in some cases, actual contracts already signed with Clinton's Brooklyn campaign headquarters. More

Black Gold Boom and Bust
National Journal
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