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Mon Mar 6, 2017, 07:06 PM

Senate approves measure to kill Obama-era contractor rule

Source: Reuters

POLITICS | Mon Mar 6, 2017 | 6:51pm EST

Senate approves measure to kill Obama-era contractor rule

By Robert Iafolla

Republicans in the U.S. Senate passed a measure to eliminate an Obama administration rule that would require prospective federal contractors to report violations of more than a dozen U.S. labor and employment laws.

On a 49-48 vote, the Senate endorsed a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the contractor disclosure rule. The U.S. House of Representatives approved it last month, so all that is left to kill the regulation is President Donald Trump's signature on the resolution.

The resolution targeting the contractor regulation, dubbed the “blacklisting rule” by critics, is a part of a larger Republican effort to use the CRA to rollback a swath of federal regulations finalized in the last seven months of the Obama administration.

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The Senate voted on Monday to eliminate the Obama administration's regulation issued last year calling for companies bidding on federal contracts valued at more than $500,000 to disclose violations of 14 U.S. labor and employment laws and their state equivalents, including those governing wage and hour, collective bargaining, discrimination, and safety and health.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-employment-regulation-idUSKBN16D2T1?il=0

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