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Congressman Diane Black

Representing the 6th District of Tennessee


Rep. Black Statement on Judge Ruling in Favor of Small Businesses

September 5, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – A federal judge in Texas struck down an Obama-era rule that would force businesses to cut jobs in order to meet rising pay costs and potentially reduce salaried managers to hourly employees. The current pay threshold to receive overtime stands at $23,660 and would be doubled to $47,476 annually if the rule is implemented. Congressman Diane Black (R-TN-06) released the following statement:

“Judge Mazzant’s ruling is a major victory for our small business owners across the United States, including many in Tennessee that contacted me about this crippling rule. It is another example of the Obama administration’s use of illegal regulation to advance a radical liberal agenda at the expense of manufacturers and workers alike. Here in Tennessee, small businesses are the backbone of our economy and I am glad their voices are being heard by President Trump.”


Congressman Diane Black represents Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District. A nurse for more than 40 years, she serves as Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.