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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user sirrahjjr on December 06, 2011 in opposition to S.1747 Computer Professionals Update Act.
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S.1747 CPU Act

I am writing as your constituent in the 12th Congressional district of Illinois. I oppose S.1747 - CPU Act, and am tracking it using OpenCongress.org, the free public resource website for government transparency and accountability.

I don't understand why you would support a bill that eliminates overtime for time worked. Doesn't this expose workers to working overtime without pay? What's the protection to prevent the exploitation of this employer advantage? What's the loss income and loss tax revenue? How do those losses impact the economy?

Sincerely, James Harris Jr.

This letter was a reply from the office of Mark Kirk on December 06, 2011.
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Thank you for taking the time to contact my office. Your thoughts are very important to me. We read each message sent and appreciate your patience, as we receive more than 5,000 comments per day.

Sincerely,

Mark Kirk United States Senator

This letter was a reply from the office of Mark Kirk on December 13, 2011.
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December 13, 2011

Mr. James Harris Jr.

4215 Hugo Court

Belleville, Illinois 62226

Dear Mr. Harris Jr.:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me. I appreciate your remarks and the opportunity to serve you in the Senate.

On October 20, 2011, Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) introduced S. 1747, the Computer Professionals Update Act. This bill would amend the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that relate to overtime for certain computer science professionals. S. 1747 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, a committee on which I sit. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as this legislation moves through the Committee and the full Senate.

Please feel free to contact me at (312) 886-3506 or online at if you have any questions or concerns before Congress or the Federal Government. It is an honor to serve you.

Very truly yours, Signature Mark Kirk U.S. Senate

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