Senate Votes to Block New Overtime Rules

September 11, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate voted Wednesday to halt the administration's effort to rewrite decades-old rules on overtime pay, risking a veto showdown with President Bush and heeding organized labor's claims that the changes would harm millions of workers at a time of economic uncertainty. The 54-45 vote marked a rare defeat for business interests in the GOP-controlled Congress and left the fate of the emerging Labor Department regulations unclear. The House backed the new rules this summer, and congressional negotiators will have to resolve the issue.