CHN: Senate Votes to Repeal Rule Affecting Workers
On March 6, the Senate voted (49-48) to repeal the regulations implementing the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order previously issued by President Obama. The order requires federal contractors to disclose any violations of worker protection laws before receiving new government contracts, and advocates believe it is necessary to protect workers’ wages and safety and to encourage violators to comply with labor and civil rights laws. CHN supported this executive order and signed a group letter urging members of Congress to oppose efforts to repeal it. The resolution to undo the order is viewed by advocates as anti-worker, anti-taxpayer, and anti-law-abiding business. The House voted (236-187) to repeal on Feb. 2, and the legislation is expected to be signed by President Trump.
A number of other rules and regulations put into place in the last several months of the Obama Administration are being targeted by Republicans in Congress and the new Trump Administration for the chopping block. For more information about other rules and regulations under threat and the process for undoing these, see the Feb. 21 Human Needs Report and RulesAtRisk.org.