WASHINGTON, May 11 (UPI) —
The U.S. Senate should pass a bill that changes federal overtime rules because it would help working families, the House author of the measure said Saturday.
Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL) of Alabama, delivering the Republican party’s weekly media address, said the proposal "provides options for working moms and dads who need more time to take care of family responsibilities," The Hill reported.
"It also demonstrates how applying conservative principles can help working Americans in their everyday lives," she added.
Her bill, the Working Families Flexibility Act, would left employees in the private sector trade overtime pay for time off if their employers allow it. Such an option is already available to federal workers.
The House approved the bill 223-204 this week, but it has met with opposition from Democrats, who contend the bill would allow bosses to exploit workers by letting employees convert their overtime pay to comp time but not allowing them to take time off, CNN reported.
"Most workers at this level need the pay," said House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) of Maryland.