'Today's Overtime Vote is a Huge Victory for Americas Families'
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement today after the House of Representatives voted 221 to
203 to block the Bush Administration's proposed rule changes denying
overtime pay to more than 8 million American workers:
overtime vote is a huge victory for Americas working families.
Millions of American workers depend on overtime pay to make ends
meet. For many families, overtime pay means the difference in qualifying
for a home loan or car loan.
have always stood with Americas working families, and we made
this issue too hot for the Republicans to handle.
bad enough that the Bush Administration economy has lost 3.3 million
jobs, failed to raise the minimum wage, denied unemployment benefits
to millions of workers, and denied the child tax credit to 12 million
children in America, including children of our men and women in
uniform. Now the Administration wants to implement regulations that
would cut overtime for more than 8 million hardworking Americans.
That change would cut their pay, lengthen their hours, and affect
a huge range of workers -- from firefighters and police officers
to licensed practical nurses and air traffic controllers. Even workers
still covered by overtime pay could suffer a pay cut because employers
could shift overtime assignments to the millions of workers no longer
entitled to overtime pay.
household income has already fallen $1,400 since George W. Bush
became President. Now he wants workers to be paid even less. Today,
the House said, No. We will not let you continue your assault
on working families."