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MN-02: John Kline’s assaults on workers on his way out

by Dan Burns on September 30, 2016

kline2Going after the people who do the actual necessary, worthwhile work in this world has been at the forefront of retiring Rep. John Kline’s (R-MN) political career, so it’s hardly to be wondered at that he’s ending it this way. The actual bill that was passed is HR6094. It’s thankfully not going to be signed into law.
 

A bill to delay the new federal overtime rule came up for debate in the U.S. House of Representatives as the Dec. 1 implementation date nears.
 
On Sept. 29, the House Rules Committee debated proposed legislation, introduced by Republican Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), that would delay the changes by six months, according to the InsideSources.com…
 
The Protecting American Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, introduced by Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) as S. 2707, and by Walberg and John Kline (R-Minn.) as H.R. 4773, would direct the Department of Labor (DOL) to go back to the drawing board with its overtime proposal, as CSNews Online previously reported.
 
The debate came one week after two legal challenges were brought against the new rule.
(CS News)

Earlier this month:
 

Rep. John Kline of Minnesota has proposed a new pension reform law that he said can save troubled multi-employer retirement plans from dissolution or insolvency by making benefits more flexible…
 
The bill allows multi-employer pension plans to transition from guaranteeing monthly payments to paying flexible benefits based on investment results. The program is somewhat similar to a 401(k) plan except that trustees, not employees, will make investment decisions for contributions…
 
In 2014, Kline attracted criticism by attaching to the federal budget an amendment that let failing multi-employer pensions cut some current retiree benefits to avoid insolvency.
 
His latest attempt at pension reform has already drawn the fire of five unions and three advocacy groups who sent a letter to House members expressing their “strong opposition” to Kline’s proposal.
(InsuranceNews.net)

I guess it’s appropriate, in a perverse, twisted way, that Kline is ending his wretched, miserable time in politics like this. Good, very good, riddance.
 

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