Republican Leader of the Education and Labor Committee Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Republican Leader of the Workforce Protections Subcommittee Fred Keller (R-PA) sent a comment letter to Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh raising concerns about a proposed rule hiking the minimum wage for federal contractors to $15 an hour.
In the letter, the Members write: “We are concerned that mandating a $15 minimum wage for federal contractors will destroy jobs and hurt small businesses. The Department’s proposed rule misleadingly downplays the harm this move would cause entry-level workers, ignores the negative impacts on small businesses currently contracting with the federal government, and stifles competition for future contracts.”
The Members continue: “The proposed rule is nothing more than a ploy to achieve left-wing political objectives without Congressional approval. We therefore urge the Department to withdraw the imprudent proposed rule.”