Statement on New Bush Administration Overtime Regulations
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today on new overtime regulations that the Bush Administration
"While President Bush cuts taxes for the wealthy, he wants
to eliminate the right to overtime pay for millions of workers --
money these workers need to put food on the table, to make ends
meet, to buy a home, and to send their children to college. The
President just does not understand that middle-class families need
their overtime pay more than ever in this stagnant economy.
"Bush Administration officials have lost all credibility on
this issue. They have grasped at misstatements, evasions, half-truths,
and outright falsehoods to justify their efforts to eliminate overtime
pay for millions of American workers. The Administration claims
that the new rules protect workers who make between $23,600 and
$100,000. That is simply not true.
"The Administration did bow to pressure from Congressional
Democrats and included partial fixes for some workers, but the new
rules actually make it worse for some who earn $23,600 to $100,000
-- denying overtime protection to some registered nurses, claims
adjusters, and computer network, Internet, and database administrators,
and other specific categories of workers.
"The President has lost 2.6 million jobs, the worst record
of job creation of any President since the Great Depression, and
these new rules do not encourage job creation. In fact, the new
rules discourage businesses from hiring new workers because companies
can now overwork their existing employees without having to incur
"Enough is enough. No workers should have their overtime taken
away. The only way to ensure that workers keep their right to overtime
pay is to support the Democratic proposals that guarantee workers'
overtime rights and repeal any part of the regulation that cuts