Retailers Applaud House Subcommittee Vote to Block Damaging

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) praised a bipartisan voice vote today in the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies on the proposed 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services funding bill. The appropriation bill as voted on contains specific provisions prohibiting the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) from enforcing several damaging rulings like the micro-union, joint employer and ambush election rulings. The bill also blocks burdensome Department of Labor regulations including the recently announced overtime rule. Jennifer Safavian, RILA’s executive vice president for government affairs issued the following statement. 

“Retailers will continue to fight back against the onslaught of onerous rules and regulations that are being issued in rapid succession in the last year of the Obama Administration.  We appreciate the House Appropriations Subcommittee taking the first step toward blocking implementation of these new rules, and hope that these provisions will be included in the final spending bills voted on by the full House. We also hope that the full committee will consider stripping funding for the enforcement of the Department of Labor’s new persuader rule, which was not part of the legislation passed today in subcommittee.” 

“Retailers are hopeful that the Department of Labor’s overtime rule and a number of anti-business rulings from the NLRB can be stopped in the appropriations process, and we will continue to educate lawmakers on the impact these and other regulations will have on job-creators if they are not stopped.”    


RILA is the trade association of the world's largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad. 

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