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Current cosponsors (79):  Reps. Bobby Scott; Alma Adams, Ph.D.; Frederica Wilson; Marcy Kaptur; Debbie Wasserman Schultz; Jan Schakowsky; Adriano Espaillat; Tim Ryan; Maxine Waters; Frank Pallone; Bill Pascrell; Brendan Boyle; Rosa DeLauro;
José E. Serrano; Raúl M. Grijalva; Suzanne Bonamici; Elijah Cummings; Mark DeSaulnier; Ilhan Omar; Mark Pocan; Eleanor Holmes Norton; Barbara Lee; Bennie Thompson; Deb Haaland; Pramila Jayapal; Bonnie Watson Coleman; Jamie Raskin; Nanette Diaz Barragán; Susan A.
Davis; Danny K. Davis; Albio Sires; Andy Levin; Ro Khanna; Adam Smith; Rashida Tlaib; Donald S. Beyer, Jr.; Susan Wild; Debbie Mucarsel-Powell; Joe Kennedy; Ted Lieu; Adam B. Schiff; Marc Veasey; Marcia Fudge; Salud Carbajal; Paul Tonko; David Cicilline; Yvette
Clarke; Stephen F. Lynch; Brian Higgins; Nydia Velázquez; Al Green; André Carson; James McGovern; Bobby Rush; Grace Meng; Alan Lowenthal; Wm. Lacy Clay; Veronica Escobar; Dwight Evans; Madeleine Dean; Darren Soto; Linda Sánchez; Lori Trahan; Karen Bass; Henry
C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.; Mary Gay Scanlon; John Yarmuth; Jared Golden; Matt Cartwright; Hakeem Jeffries; Jimmy Gomez; Jared Huffman   

Supporting Organizations: National Employment Law Project; Economic Policy Institute,; Interfaith Worker Justice; American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); National Employment Lawyers Association;
Bend the Arc: Jewish Action; United Automobile Workers (UAW); National Women’s Law Center; Legal Aid at Work; AFL-CIO; North Carolina Justice Center; National Partnership for Women & Families; National Center for Lesbian Rights; Service Employees International
Union (SEIU)

Dear Colleague:

Please join me as a cosponsor of H.R. 3197, the Restoring Overtime Pay Act, a bill that would expand eligibility for overtime pay and ensure that workers are fairly compensated for their work.

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), salaried workers earning below a certain salary threshold are automatically eligible for overtime pay of time-and-a-half for any hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a work week. However, as time has passed, this
salary level has not kept pace with inflation. In 1975, more than 60 percent of salaried workers fell below the salary level and were eligible for overtime pay. Today, that number is less than seven percent, and many salaried workers don’t even realize they
could be eligible for overtime.

In March 2019, The U.S. Department of Labor promulgated new rulemaking that would set the overtime salary threshold to $35,308 per year in 2020. In 2016, the DOL under the Obama Administration finalized a rule that would have increased the overtime salary
threshold to $47,476 per year with automatic indexing of the salary threshold every 3 years. Unfortunately, the Obama rule did not go into effect because a Texas court struck it down.

The Restoring Overtime Pay Act strengthens overtime protections for salaried workers by codifying the salary threshold set forth in the 2016 final rule established under the Obama Administration.

  • Requires automatic updating of the salary threshold every three years.

I hope you will join in cosponsoring this vitally important piece of legislation. For additional information or to sign on, please contact Whitley O’Neal in my office at or x52305.



Mark Takano

Member of Congress

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