Overtime Pay

Download production quality video of Senator Brown’s remarks HERE. 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown took to the Senate Floor to blast the Trump administration following the news that it has finalized a rule that would set the salary threshold under which workers would be guaranteed overtime pay at $35,568, down from $47,476 set by the Obama Administration.

“President Trump loves to say that he’s on the side of workers, but if he really cared about these workers, he wouldn’t have robbed thousands of Ohioans and millions of Americans of their overtime pay,” said Brown.  “The President promised to fight for American workers, and he’s broken that promise time and again. If you love this country, you fight for the people that make it work.  We don’t see that in the White House.”

In June, Sens. Brown and Patty Murray (D-WA) joined Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Mark Takano (D-CA) in introducing legislation to make millions of American workers newly eligible for overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours a week, providing economic security to millions of working families. Their Restoring Overtime Pay Act would increase the overtime salary level to about $51,000 per year, making roughly 4.6 million workers newly eligible for overtime pay.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, a preliminary calculation suggests that well over half of the workers who would have gotten new or strengthened overtime protections under the 2016 rule would be left behind by this rule. This means the Trump administration’s rule would leave out millions of workers. The Trump administration’s overtime threshold is not nearly high enough and would deny low- to middle- income workers potential wages they have earned or more time with their families.