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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 SchumerChuck SchumerUS national security policy in the 117th Congress and a new administration Voters say Biden should make coronavirus vaccine a priority: poll New York City subway service could be slashed 40 percent, officials warn 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 TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit 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.

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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.