— President Donald Trump on Monday called the U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a federal law that requires employers to give federal employees overtime pay a “massive victory for workers” and vowed to continue pursuing the “rightful and appropriate” use of federal programs.
Trump, who earlier in the day had threatened to end the legal fight against the federal law, said the ruling will “absolutely be a tremendous victory for the millions of hardworking Americans” and for “all Americans.”
Trump’s comments came during a phone call with his legal team as the Supreme Court considered whether to hear arguments in a case that has been in the Supreme Courts for more than four years and is the most closely watched of the Trump administration’s legal challenges to the president.
The president said that “many” Republicans on the Supreme Floor “would be happy” to get the case to the justices as soon as possible, but said that the decision to fight it would be “unwarranted.”
Trump called the case “a tremendous victory” for workers, and said that he has asked the Justice Department to “continue to work with the court to advance the right of Americans to earn and share in the rewards of hard work.”
Trump also called on the Justice Dept. to “take swift action to pursue any remedies to this unprecedented attack on workers and their families.”
Trump said that since the ruling, the administration “will continue to enforce the law and pursue our fair and appropriate remedies.”
Trump was speaking at the end of a phone conversation between Trump and Justice Department lawyer Paul Clement, during which the president asked Clement if he could take over for Justice Antonin Scalia on the court.
Clement, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Scalia, was the lone Republican to vote against the Supreme court’s ruling.
In his remarks Monday, Trump urged the justices to take up the case in the coming months.
“This is a case we need to be discussing,” Trump said.
“If you’re going to sit on it, we’re going get a case.
We’re going have to get to the Supreme level.
We have to talk about it.
But we’ll have a decision by December.
It will be a massive victory for working families and the rights of working people.”
The decision was a huge win for workers in the U, and a huge victory for our country, the president said.
We will continue to fight to protect working people from unfair attacks on their jobs and from the threat of corporate welfare and cronyism.
I think that is a victory for us all.
The fact is, we will get it done.
We are going to have to continue to work.
We are going be doing everything possible to keep working people, working families, and working people’s families safe, the White House said in a statement.
The Justice Department said that it is seeking a stay of the ruling and said it plans to appeal.
It has filed motions with the courts to stay the ruling.
Trump on Monday urged the courts not to let the decision stand.
“Our nation’s labor laws and labor protections are in serious jeopardy,” Trump told the court during a break in the hearing.
“The ruling is a huge, massive victory, but the decision is not what is needed to protect our workers.
It is a big, big victory for corporations, but it is not the solution.”
In a statement issued Monday, the U!
for America labor federation called on Congress to “pass legislation that will allow Americans to join together in demanding fair and adequate pay and working conditions for all Americans, including for workers who make up the backbone of our economy.”
“We cannot let this ruling stand,” said U!for America Executive Director Michael Glassner.
“It is time for Congress to pass legislation that would protect our jobs, the health of our families, our communities, and our communities’ economic futures.
The White House should heed the calls of millions of Americans and take immediate action to protect the American people.”
In his prepared remarks Monday afternoon, Clement urged the court not to allow the decision “to stand,” and the Supreme Justices “should consider whether it is in the public interest to address the case.”
Clement also warned the court that if it did decide to hear the case, it would “not be expedient to reach a final disposition.”
“There is no basis for delaying the hearing at this time,” Clement said.
The case centers on the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which is a federal labor law.
The NLRA protects employees who are paid on the basis of performance and job duties.
It was enacted in 1935 to prevent employers from retaliating against employees for organizing or working in a union.
Under the law, employers can terminate or limit the terms of their employees’ employment if they find that their employees have engaged in “unfair, abusive or unlawful” labor practices.
The labor law has a variety of protections