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Biden Boasts of ‘Virtuous’ Overtime Rule in Electoral Prize Ohio

  • Democrats trying to demonstrate progress on wage issues
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan says rule would hurt workers
President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks at the White House on March 30, 2016, in Washington.

President Barack Obama, joined by Vice President Joe Biden, delivers remarks at the White House on March 30, 2016, in Washington.

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Vice President Joe Biden said a new rule requiring overtime pay for about 4.2 million more Americans will create a “virtuous cycle,” injecting more than a billion dollars a year into the economy, in a move Democrats hope will give workers a reason to vote for them in November.

The new rule, first proposed last summer but not finalized until deep into the presidential primary campaign, addresses a pivotal issue in the election: anxiety over the slow recovery in middle-income wages since the 2008 financial crash. For Democrats, the overtime requirement may demonstrate a concrete accomplishment to Rust Belt voters concerned that the economic recovery has left them behind.