Rather than waiting around for Congress to move, the President is issuing another “we can’t wait” initiative. Here is part of the release ahead of his 12p announcement (and yes, the President is again speaking in our hour):
The White House today will announce new rules proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor that would provide minimum wage and overtime protections for nearly two million workers who provide in-home care services for the elderly and infirmed. Many of these workers provide critical in-home health care services such as tube feeding, wound care, or assistance with physical therapy, and deserve the protections provided under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Today’s announcement is the latest in a series of executive actions the Obama Administration is taking to strengthen the economy and move the country forward because we can’t wait for Congress to act.
It’s President Obama’s 18th initiative as part of the “We Can’t Wait” campaign. What do you think? Does this prove he’s getting things done to you?
More about today’s announcement: Joining the President is Pauline Beck. In 2007 then-Senator Barack Obama spent a day in “her shoes” as a homecare worker. He says it was that day when he learned about how important and necessary their work is and why we need to level the playing field so they are fairly compensated for their efforts.