Arkansas Senators Vote With Majority on Overtime Pay Plan

September 10, 2003 - Posted at: 2:42 p.m. CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Arkansas' two U.S. senators were in the majority today as the Senate voted to block an administration plan to change the rules governing overtime pay.

Senators Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both Democrats, voted with the Democratic measure that passed on a 54-45 vote.

The proposal would kill the new rules which Democrats say would end overtime for about eight million workers.

Senate Republicans argue the changes would affect no more than 800,000 workers.

The fate of the new regulations is now uncertain.

The House narrowly approved the proposed rule earlier this summer.  Congressional negotiators will have to untangle the disagreement.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.