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The House was in recess. The Senate was in for the week completing work on the highway trust fund, by passing the House-passed three-month patch. In addition, the Senate debated, but failed to advance legislation that withholds federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
The House and Senate are in recess.
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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 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.
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GOP Debate's Winners, losers
It was the most-hyped presidential primary debate in years, but as the smoke clears from the GOP encounter in Cleveland, which candidates elevated themselves? And which contenders are left licking their wounds?
GOP Insiders: Donald Trump is Biggest Loser
Donald Trump's first presidential debate was a disaster.
That's the assessment of Republican insiders in this week's POLITICO Caucus, our weekly bipartisan survey of the top strategists, activists and operatives in Iowa and New Hampshire. They offered their reactions immediately after watching the prime-time debate in Cleveland. Forty-four percent called the controversial real estate mogul the biggest loser of the evening, critiquing everything from his refusal to rule out a third-party run, to perceived misogynistic comments to his acceptance of single-payer health care in other countries.
McConnell Won't Risk Shutdown Over Planned Parenthood Funding
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was dismissive Aug. 6 of conservative plans to force a vote to defund Planned Parenthood as part of federal-spending negotiations in September, making clear he has no interest in putting the nation on the brink of another government shutdown.
"One of my favorite Kentucky sayings is there's no education in the second kick of the mule," McConnell told reports. "We've been down this path before."
Wealth of Congress
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2013, shows it took a net worth of $7.47 million to crack the exclusive club.
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