Dems press Trump to keep Obama overtime rule

Dems press Trump to keep Obama overtime rule
© Haiyun Jiang

Congressional Democrats are calling on President-elect Donald Trump to keep President Obama’s overtime rule in tact.

The rule would require employers to pay overtime to most salaried workers who earn less than $47,476 annually, starting Dec. 1.

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Under current rules, employers only have to pay overtime to most salaried workers who earn less than $23,660 annually.

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP MORE (D-N.Y.) argued that if Trump overturns the law, he’ll be turning his back on the working-class voters who elected him.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE, this is a test for you. Will you follow up on your rhetoric on the campaign trail with real actions to help workers or will you turn the keys of your administration over to hard right ideologues who don’t want the government to do anything to protect fair pay for workers,” he said.

A Texas federal judge last week blocked the rule from taking effect.

Democrats held a press conference on Thursday to call attention to the rule, which was to take effect on Dec. 1, and to Trump’s decision.

Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenArtist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 Democratic strategist: 'Medicare for All' exposes generational gap within party Yang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations MORE (D-Mass.), Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills Key negotiator says deal close on surprise medical bills legislation Senate passes bipartisan bill to permanently fund historically black colleges MORE (D-Wash.) and Al FrankenAlan (Al) Stuart FrankenThe job no GOP senator wants: 'I'd rather have a root canal' Take Trump literally and seriously in Minnesota Ninth woman accuses Al Franken of inappropriate contact MORE (D-Minn.) and Reps. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottOvernight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 House to vote next week on sweeping bill to lower drug prices Democrats press Trump officials over drop in ObamaCare signups amid website problems MORE (D-Va.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) attended.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said people voted for Trump with the hope it would help them get a good job.   

“My suspicion is they expected to get good wages with those jobs,” he said.