WASHINGTON, D.C. – Top House Republican leaders today touted U.S. Representative Martha Roby’s bill aimed to help working Americans better balance the demands of work and family, saying the legislation is a commonsense, conservative solution to the time deficit problem many Americans face every day.
At a press conference Tuesday morning, Rep. Roby joined House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Conference Vice Chair Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) to highlight H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act, as the House begins debate on the bill today.
“This week, we’ll pass Martha Roby’s bill to help working moms and dads better balance their lives between work and their responsibilities as parents,” Speaker Boehner said. “Let me congratulate Martha for a great job in moving this bill. I have been involved in this issue for over 20 years. We have tried to move a bill through the House a number of times over that period of time, and it seems remarkable to me that such a commonsense piece of legislation gets bogged down because of special interests on the other side.”
Leader Cantor, who has included the Working Families Flexibility Act in his “Making Life Work” agenda for House Republicans also praised Rep. Roby’s efforts.
“If you are a working parent than you know that there is one thing all of us have in common, and that is the need for more time. Martha Roby is here with us today, and she is a working mom from Montgomery, Alabama, who knows firsthand the challenges involved in being a working parent,” Leader Cantor stated. The Working Families Flexibility Act “puts parents over politics. There is no reason in the world for anyone to object to this bill. It is something that makes sense and helps working moms and dads.”
Passing Roby’s bill this week will be a strong statement that, as they tackle the big ticket political issues like reducing the debt and tax reform, House Republicans are also finding ways to help working Americans in their everyday lives.
“I am proud to sponsor the Working Families Flexibility Act on behalf of working moms and dads throughout this country who find it difficult to balance the demands of family and work,” Rep. Roby said. “Our message to the American people is this: we want to get Washington out of the way of how you use your time.”
The bill would allow private-sector workers to arrange with their employer to receive paid time off, or comp time, in lieu of cash wages for overtime, if they so choose. The comp time option is legal and commonly used in the public sector thanks to a 1985 revision of the Fair Labor Standards Act, but remains restricted by federal law for private businesses and their employees.
More than 160 Members of Congress – including all 21 House standing committee chairmen – have signed on to the bill as co-sponsors.