An amendment to eliminate controversial overtime rules that might bar some nurses from overtime pay did not survive a House-Senate conference committee. Its demise leaves in place new rules implemented in August that critics say will strip 6 million workers of overtime protections.
The American Nurses Association contends that the changes will hurt many nurses, while the Labor Department has said nurses will be affected little, if at all.
The amendment, by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), had been attached to a $140 billion corporate-tax bill. The conference committee's tax bill, without the amendment, now goes back to Congress for final approval.