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September 09, 2004

House Votes to Kill Bush Overtime Regs

Tom Delay lost control of the moderates GOPers today. 22 Republicans went off the reservation and voted to block the Labor Department from implementing the overtime rules recently approved by the Bush administration.

In May, the Senate, by a 52-47 vote on a different bill, approved language stating that no worker who currently qualifies for overtime should lose that eligibility, so it's likely that the Senate will join the House in the vote. However, even if the Senate agrees with the House and votes as well to kill the overtime rules, the GOP leadership has made clear that they will disregard these democratic votes:

House GOP Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., said he expected that the provision would be removed when the House and Senate meet to work out the final version of the bill.
This is a particularly evil innovation of the GOP-- removing provisions approved by both chambers in conference, effectively making actual votes irrelevant.

Posted by Nathan at September 9, 2004 07:20 PM