IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Rep. Kelly Champions Freedom & Flexibility for Working Families on House Floor

May 9, 2013 Issues: Economy and Jobs


WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives today in support of H.R. 1406, the Working Families Flexibility Act, introduced by Rep. Martha Roby (R-AL). The legislation would let private sector employers offer their employees the voluntary choice of paid time off, or "comp time," in lieu of cash wages for overtime hours worked, thereby helping American workers better balance the needs of family and the workplace. Below is an excerpt from Rep. Kelly’s remarks.

“On deathbed, very few people say, ‘Boy, I wish I had spent more time at the office.’

“I get it from being in business all my life and I think maybe that’s the problem in Washington: not enough of you have actually been on the floor of a business, because you think it’s always about some kind of a ‘fair treatment’ — but your definition of ‘fair’ is not fair.

“When I look at men and women, I don’t look at them as ‘men’ and ‘women,’ I look at them as moms and dads, and grandmas and grandpas, and aunts and uncles. And they love to go to soccer games, and they love to go to baseball games; they love to go to all those cub scout things.

“We want to just give them the flexibility, the same thing as they do in the public sector. What an odd concept to actually give people freedom — freedom to do what they want with their time and to work a little bit overtime so they can pick up extra time. My gosh, what a confusing concept that would be!”