Lame Duck Republicans: Abusive and Powerhungry
by Matt Stoller, Tue Nov 14, 2006 at 05:57:00 AM EST
This is unbelievably obnoxious and immoral. Even though they lost, the Republicans are trying to take away overtime pay for truck drivers while they still have power in the lame duck session. This isn't just bad for the drivers take-home pay, it's also really dangerous and against the traditional role of a lame duck Congress. When drivers are exhausted, they kill people on the road.
A change to the 2005 highway bill forces delivery companies to pay drivers overtime for the extra hours they work. Without this disincentive, some companies would keep drivers on the road to the point of exhaustion - boosting their profits and risking your safety.
These are some seriously bad people, killing working drivers and random people on the road so a few companies can make a little more money. It shouldn't be that hard to stop them since Democrats have zero incentive to go along with this. Here's where you can write in.
This abuse, by the way, of the lame duck session, is wrong, and it's something that we should consider when the Republicans are talking about bipartisanship. They really just can't stop abusing power.