Politics

20 Million Trump Voters Could Lose Their Overtime Pay

| by Michael Allen

President-elect Donald Trump ran on the campaign promise of bringing prosperity to Americans, but if the Republican-controlled Congress has its way, about 20 million Trump voters will lose their overtime pay.

House Republican leaders are aiming to gut an overtime rule from President Barack Obama that will force companies to pay time-and-a-half to workers who make less than $47,000 a year, starting on Dec. 1, reports Politico. If the Republicans are successful, that boost in pay could be gone two months after it starts.

Election Day exit polls found that 48 percent of "Make America Great Again" voters earn $100,000 a year or more, which means 52 percent earn less than that, reports USA Today.

Tom Bonier, CEO of the marketing-data firm TargetSmart, crunched the numbers in this tweet on Nov. 21: "Based on exit polls, almost 20,000,000 Trump voters would lose time and a half overtime under this change."

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Meanwhile, Trump's defeated opponent Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is sailing to a landslide popular vote win, reports the Cook Political Report.

Clinton, who promised to raise the federal minimum wage to $15, currently has 63.6 million total votes against Trump's 61.9 million, reports International Business Times.

Clinton's popular vote margin has passed Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore's 540,520 win over then-President George W. Bush in 2000. The votes are still being counted, and Clinton could rack up millions more, thanks to Democratic-leaning California.

There have been anti-Trump protests all over the country, and online petitions calling on the Electoral College to go along with the popular vote.

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Politico reports that House Republicans also want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would immediately dissolve health coverage for about 16 million people under the expanded Medicaid coverage and what's known as Obamacare. They would also repeal Obama’s executive order that allowed immigrant parents of children born in the U.S. to stay in the country and repeal some conflict-of-interest regulations for the finance industry.

The news site notes that more changes would include bills from 1994's "Contract With America," which was created by former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Republican Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas said: "I don’t think there’s any question that the pace as we’ve known it -- at least for the six years I’ve been here -- is about to change pretty dramatically. There is a lot of pent-up desire on the part of House Republicans to get things done. Our sleeves are rolled up."

Sources: Politico, International Business Times, USA Today, Tom Bonier/Twitter / Photo credit: Michael Candelori/Flickr

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