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Senator James Lankford Statement on Court Delay of Federal Overtime Rule

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today made the following statement on a Texas Federal District Judge granting an emergency injunction against the Labor Department’s federal overtime rule: 

“I am pleased that a Federal District Judge has, yet again, pumped the brakes on another harmful regulation from the Obama administration. This federal overtime rule is devastating for small businesses, colleges and nonprofits all across America, but particularly in states with a low cost-of-living. The economic realities and regional cost-of-living differences that exist throughout the country were completely ignored by the Department of Labor on this proposal. I am hopeful that this rule can be brought back to the drawing board for a new rule-making process that works for the entire nation.”

On September 29, Lankford introduced legislation to delay the rule from its current implementation date of December 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017. Lankford also co-sponsored legislation to change the timeline for implementation of the overtime rule.