In the past year, Republicans have rolled back protections for the most vulnerable Americans and blocked President Barack Obama’s effort to help millions of people avoid crushing debt.
The party has also made it harder for working families to buy homes, and they have moved to weaken protections for workers’ compensation, which can cause serious and lasting health problems.
The most consequential of those attacks is an attempt to gut the Fair Labor Standards Act, which prohibits employers from punishing workers for unionizing.
That’s what a bipartisan group of senators called for this week in a bipartisan letter to the Department of Labor.
That would leave a gaping hole in the labor market, particularly for workers with disabilities, women and people of color.
It’s also a blow to the nation’s economic health, as the U.S. ranks 21st in the world in terms of economic growth, behind countries such as Australia, Denmark and Canada.
This is the first time the president has faced a unified GOP opposition to a law designed to help Americans and their families.
For decades, the law has been a cornerstone of the American economy, allowing workers and businesses to organize and bargain collectively.
It was passed by Congress in 1935 as a way to address the Great Depression, but it’s also the law of the land today.
Now, Republicans want to roll back that law to create a system of crony capitalism and the equivalent of an all-powerful private club.
The law provides workers with protection from job discrimination.
It helps families pay for health care, unemployment benefits and other essential benefits.
It ensures that those who are working are able to access decent-paying jobs.
And it protects employees who are paid overtime and who are entitled to overtime pay.
The Fair Labor Standard Act has served as the backbone of American capitalism.
Its protections for working Americans have long been one of the pillars of American prosperity.
But it has also served as a target for Republicans.
The Republicans want the law repealed in favor of the “corporate welfare” of private corporations, which includes such things as tax breaks for companies that pay their employees less than minimum wage.
And they want to turn back labor rights protections for people with disabilities and for the elderly, who are also disproportionately impacted by wage and hour laws.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 217-213 on Thursday, and the Senate by a margin of 50-48.
The GOP’s opposition to the Fair Labor Standard Act reflects the party’s growing disdain for the law, which has been the foundation of the economic recovery since the Great Recession began.
For years, Republican presidents and congressional leaders have repeatedly promised that they would fight for the Fair Workplaces Act, a law that would help keep American businesses from retaliating against workers who organize or join unions.
The labor law’s protections include protections for union organizers, overtime pay and paid sick leave.
But the Fair Wage Act is critical for protecting workers who are making minimum wage or more.
That includes many people who work at restaurants, fast food and other small businesses.
But if Congress does not act, they face the prospect of losing their protections for their wages, their health and their safety.
Republicans’ plan is to weaken the Fair Pay Act and then reverse those protections for millions of workers, most of whom are women and racial and ethnic minorities.
For those workers, it could mean making their pay less or losing their health insurance.
For many people, it means having to choose between their health care coverage and their job.
In some cases, that could mean losing their home or even losing their jobs.
The Republican plan would also strip away protections for low-wage workers, such as those who work for low wage restaurants or waiters or waitresses at restaurants.
And for people making less than $25,000 a year, it would force many employers to cut hours and wages to compensate for the loss of overtime pay, which could leave them vulnerable to being fired or suspended without pay.
For people with mental health or addiction issues, the Republican plan threatens their livelihoods and their ability to keep their jobs if they are deemed “substandard.”
If the bill becomes law, it also would force employers to give their employees up to 15 days of unpaid leave before they are fired.
The measure also would make it easier for employers to fire workers who unionize.
And under the GOP plan, it makes it easier to fire people who refuse to join unions or pay union dues.
Under the GOP’s plan, these policies would leave millions of Americans with a life-or-death choice between losing their paychecks, their benefits, their home, or their safety in an environment of workplace insecurity.
The Senate’s bill is just the first step in a Republican push to weaken labor rights for millions more Americans.
It comes on top of a push by House Speaker Paul Ryan to repeal the Fair Jobs Act, also known as the Paycheck Fairness Act, and to roll it back to its original form.
The Paycheck Free Act would give women the right to unionize and give veterans and people with