The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday
approved a measure to delay by six months the Obama
administration's rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more
than 4 million workers, despite a White House promise to veto
The House passed the legislation on a partisan vote of
246-177, with just 5 Democrats joining 241 Republicans in favor
of moving the rule's effective date from Dec. 1 to June 1.
The rule will require employers to pay overtime to salaried
workers earning less than $47,500 a year, double the current
threshold of $23,660. Republicans and business groups argue the
rule will force employers to demote salaried workers to hourly
positions and create more part-time jobs.
The White House said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama
would veto legislation delaying the rule.
"While this bill seeks to delay implementation, the real
goal is clear - delay and then deny overtime pay to workers,"
the White House said in a statement.
The Republican legislation also faces likely opposition by
Senate Democrats who could block it from advancing in that
chamber. But for some Republicans campaigning for re-election,
voting for the bill gives them an opportunity to tout their
opposition to the rule in their home districts.
Opponents have also launched a legal challenge to the rule.
Texas and 20 other states, as well as the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce and other business groups, filed separate lawsuits in
federal court in Texas last week claiming the U.S. Labor
Department abused its authority with its drastic increase of the