In a legal battle being defined by sharp protests on both sides, the Republican-controlled U.S. House has introduced legislation that would eliminate weekends and allow children over the age of ten to work at least 30 hours each week in “wage-producing employment.” Families earning more than $300,000 annually, however, would be exempt from most of the bill’s requirements.
“This bill recognizes that hard work, commitment to the family, and working children are the keys to the nation’s success,” said U.S. Republican House leader John Boehner, upon introducing the bill. “Successful businesses do not tell their workers to stop working on Friday at noon. They don’t take long recesses. They work through the weekend and into the next week. It’s high time we recognize this and eliminate the weekend.”
In a related bill, House Republicans are supporting legislation that would eliminate all funding of sewage treatment plants and clean air and water initiatives. The Things Are Clean Enough for Us bill is expected to gain broad Republican support. The bill exempts communities with median incomes above $150,000.