Democrats and union leaders are blasting President Bush for a proposal they say will cost at least eight million workers their overtime pay.
The House voted 213-210 to uphold the administration's plan to update the rules that determine who qualifies for OT Labor Secretary Elaine Chao hails the vote, saying the overhaul will protect millions of low-wage workers.
Democrats acknowledge that some low-income workers will benefit. But they say millions of other workers will no longer qualify for overtime under the new rules, including tens of thousands of first responders.
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney says the vote is "an assault on working families." Further attempts by Senate Democrats to block the rules are possible, but the new regulations could take effect as early as the end of the year unless a law is enacted preventing it.