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US Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced revised overtime regulations, disqualifying workers who make more than $100,000 from getting overtime pay. The previous threshold was $65,000 a year.

"Our intent is always to strengthen overtime protections," Chao said at a news conference in Washington. "We do not expect that many people will lose their overtime.”

Democrats in Congress say that the new rules will hurt middle class workers being squeezed by economic realities. Senator John Kerry, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, said in a statement, "The Bush administration's changes to overtime pay strike a severe blow to what little economic security working families have left as a result of Bush's failed policies."

The new rules take effect in 120 days.
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