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    This page contains letters signed by elected officials, usually written to the President or relevant members of Congress.

03-SEN4 on Jun 30, 2003

Letter: a letter from 43 Senators to the Secretary of Labor
Source: Letter from 43 Senators to the Secretary of Labor
To: Labor Secretary Elaine Chao

Dear Secretary Chao:

We write to express our serious concerns about the Department's proposed regulation on white collar exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act. These sweeping changes could eliminate overtime pay protections for millions of American workers.

We urge you not to implement this new regulation that will end overtime protections for those currently eligible. Under current law, the FLSA discourages employers from scheduling overtime by making overtime more expensive. According to a GAO study, employees exempt from overtime pay are twice as likely to work overtime as those covered by the protections. Our citizens are working longer hours than ever before longer than in any other industrial nation. At least one in five employees now has a work week that exceeds 50 hours. Protecting the 40-hour work week is vital to balancing work responsibilities and family needs. It is certainly not family friendly to require employees to work more hours for less pay.

Overtime protections clearly make an immense difference in preserving the 40-hour work week. Millions of employees depend on overtime pay to make ends meet and pay their bills for housing, food, and health care. Overtime pay often constitutes 20-25% of their wages. These workers will face an unfair reduction in their take-home pay if they can no longer receive their overtime pay.

We urge you not to go forward with any regulation that denies overtime pay protections to any of America's currently eligible hard-working men and women.


  • Topic: Jobs
  • Headline: Protect overtime pay protections

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Democrats participating in 03-SEN4

Daniel Akaka s1sHI Democratic Jr Senator (Retiring) 
Max Baucus s1sMT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Evan Bayh s1sIN Former Democratic Senator 
Jeff Bingaman s1sNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Barbara Boxer s1sCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Robert Byrd s1sWV Former Democratic Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Tom Carper s1sDE Democratic Sr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s1sNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Kent Conrad s1sND Democrat Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Jon Corzine s1sNJ Former Democrat (until 2009) 
Tom Daschle s1sSD Former Democratic Senator 
Mark Dayton s1sMN Democratic Governor 
Chris Dodd s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Byron Dorgan s1sND Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Richard Durbin s1sIL Democratic Sr Senator 
John Edwards s1sNC Former Democrat Senator; retired to run for President, 2004 
Russell Feingold s1sPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Graham s1sFL Former Democratic Senator; retired 2004 
Tom Harkin s1sIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Tim Johnson s1sSD Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Ted Kennedy s1sMA Democratic Senator (until 2009) 
John Kerry s1sMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Herbert Kohl s1sWI Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Mary Landrieu s1sLA Democratic Sr Senator 
Frank Lautenberg s1sNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Patrick Leahy s1sVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1sMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Blanche Lambert Lincoln s1sAR Former Democratic Senator 
Barbara Mikulski s1sMD Democratic Sr Senator 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bill Nelson s1sFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Mark Pryor s1sAR Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Harry Reid s1sNV Democratic Sr Senator 
John Rockefeller s1sWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Paul Sarbanes s1sMD Former Democrat Senator (Retired 2006) 
Charles Schumer s1sNY Democratic Sr Senator 
Debbie Stabenow s1sMI Democratic Jr Senator 
Ron Wyden s1sOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 03-SEN4



Independents participating in 03-SEN4

Joe Biden s1sDE Vice President 
Joseph Lieberman s1sCT Independent Sr Senator; Gore's VP nominee (Retiring) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 41
Republicans: 0
Independents: 2


















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