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A Texas judge blocked Obama's rule that would extend overtime to 4.2 million US workers


A Texas judge blocked President Obama's rule that would extend overtime pay to 4.2 million workers, according to Reuters

The Tuesday ruling means that Obama's overtime rule, which was set to take effect Dec. 1 and would have doubled the minimum salary cutoff for someone to make mandatory time-and-a-half pay for working more than 40 hours per week, may never come to fruition. 

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant sided with the 21 states and business organizations that filed lawsuits in September saying that the drastic increase in salary was unlawful. 

Some lawmakers applauded the ruling, calling it a victory for America's small businesses. 

"As they look towards Small Business Saturday this weekend, small employers and their employees can breathe just a little bit easier knowing they have been given a reprieve from the pain caused by this disastrous new rule," Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) said in a release.

“I am pleased that a Federal District Judge has, yet again, pumped the brakes on another harmful regulation from the Obama administration," Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) said in a press release. "This federal overtime rule is devastating for small businesses, colleges and nonprofits all across America, but particularly in states with a low cost-of-living." 

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