By Sahid Fawaz
The salary for a U.S. Senator is $174,000. The average American household income ($51,000) is less than one-third of that.
The number of days that Congress is in session per year is around 130 days. The average days worked per year by American is 240 days, or almost double what a senator worked.
Despite these depressing numbers, two Republican senators want to make things even harder for the average American worker. The senators want to end the new overtime rule by President Obama that would expand overtime eligibility to millions of new workers.
"The chairmen of two key Senate committees moved Tuesday to block a new federal rule that would make millions of Americans eligible for overtime pay.
U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Ron Johnson, R-Wis., filed legislation that would nullify the new overtime rule and prohibit the Obama administration from issuing similar changes without congressional approval.
Alexander, who chairs the Senate committee with jurisdiction over labor issues, mocked the new rule as a 'time card rule,' arguing it would force even midlevel managers to punch a clock as they come and go from work.
The new rule, unveiled last month by the Labor Department, is set to take effect later this year. It would let full-time salaried employees qualify for overtime if they make up to $47,476 a year.
Right now, salaried workers are guaranteed overtime only if they make less than $23,660. The Obama administration estimates that doubling that threshold could boost the salaries of 4.2 million Americans, guaranteeing employees get paid fairly for the hours they work."
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