Saturday, November 22, 2003
Then again, why does anybody? White House Wins Fight on OT Rule Changes|
WASHINGTON - Foes of the Bush administration's proposed rules changing which workers would qualify for overtime pay abandoned their fight Friday in the face of unrelenting pressure from the White House and the House.Tax cuts for the wealthy and pay cuts for the poor and middle class. That is the Bush agenda. Why would anyone making less than $250,000 a year support this? I'm glad that my old friend Tom Harkin came out on the right side of this fight, but I'm still pissed at him for his vote on the energy bill. Let Tom know how you feel.
Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania, the chief Republican opponent of the new rules, agreed to drop a provision killing the regulations from a massive spending bill, lawmakers, congressional aides and lobbyists said.
Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, the lead Democratic sponsor of the provision blocking the overtime rules and an ally of Specter, blamed his colleague's decision to abandon the fight on Bush administration pressure.
"Just in time for the holidays, the White House has delivered another gift for big business, along with a pay cut for millions of working families," Harkin said in a written statement.