Alexander: Anderson County Succeeding Despite “Steady Stream of Obama Administration’s Anti-Jobs Regulations”

Tells chamber members he is working to overturn regulations that will destroy jobs, harm employee morale, trample on employee rights

Posted on June 27, 2016

CLINTON, Tenn., June 24, 2016 –U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today praised Anderson County for creating a successful pro-jobs environment and said he is “working to overturn the Obama administration’s regulations that are destroying jobs, harming employee morale and trampling on employee rights.”

“Anderson County is a great place to be, and it is remarkable to see how businesses are succeeding in the county despite the steady stream of this administration’s anti-business, anti-jobs regulations,” Alexander said.  “You have a growing automotive industry that has created more than 1,200 new jobs in the past two years. You have access to Oak Ridge National Lab, which attracts talent from around the world. And you have access to reliable, low-cost electricity provided by the Tennessee Valley Authority.”

Alexander continued, “While Tennessee and Anderson County work hard to create an environment friendly to job creation, the Obama administration is working to make it as difficult as possible to start a business or hire an employee. In fact, one of the most radical, out-of-touch aspects of the Obama administration’s agenda has been its labor policies.”

Alexander told chamber members he is working to stop one of the administration’s worst regulations – the “Time Card” rule or the “Higher Tuition” rule– that would hurt Tennessee businesses and students.

“Tennessee workers who today are mid-management or professional employees are not going to like it one bit when their employer tells them that under this new rule they're going to be punching the time-clock when they go in and out of work. What Washington owes these workers are policies that create better opportunities, more flexibility and enable them to have more control over their work lives.”

In 2015, the Department of Labor released a proposal to increase the salary threshold under which employees qualify for overtime pay. The department’s final rule released last month more than doubles that salary threshold – from $23,660 to $47,476 – a figure many have said is too high, too fast.  

“This rule will not only impact businesses, but universities and non-profits as well. The University of Tennessee said the rule could increase tuition by as much as $450 a year for some students while another independent Tennessee college said costs of the rule would be equivalent to $850 per student each year,” Alexander said. “The Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts estimates it will cost $100,000 in added annual costs because during certain seasons, employees staff weekend campouts and recruitment events which mean longer hours. I’m focused on trying to give this rule an early death.”

On June 7, Alexander introduced a Congressional Review Act Resolution of Disapproval to stop this rule. The Senate can pass the bill with a simple majority, but President Obama would likely veto the legislation. It requires 67 votes to overturn the president's veto. 

Alexander was the keynote speaker at the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce’s “Tribute to Business” dinner. The event recognizes county businesses for their professional excellence and community spirit.

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