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Grothman Speaks on House Floor in Support of Worker Choice in Overtime Compensation

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Washington, May 2, 2017 | Bernadette Green (202-225-2476) | comments

Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) today spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the Working Families Flexibility Act (H.R. 1180).

Excerpts of Grothman’s remarks:

“I’d like to speak on the Working Families Flexibility Act.

“Over a period of time, the rules and regulations this body has passed [have become] one-size-fits-all and lack common sense.

“I’m glad to be a co-sponsor of this bill, which gives people flexibility. If they work more than 40 hours in a week, they can take the cash if they need the cash. But for some people, either because of life circumstances or because they’re less materialistic, they don’t want that cash and they’d rather spend more time with their family.

“I think particularly in this world where so many people live in two-parent families where both parents work, people would love to spend a day with their children instead of having their children in daycare. I think it’s right that people should have the freedom to do that.

“[G]overnment employees […] frequently have comp time in which, if they work more than 40 hours a week, they can come back and spend more time with their family or more time in recreation.

“It’s high time we give that freedom to people in the private sector. High time to put family first.

“And we all have to remember that, even though some people always want more money, some people say there are other things in life that are more important.”

Click here to view Congressman Grothman’s full remarks.

Background:

The Working Families Flexibility Act is a straightforward bill that allows private-sector employers to give hourly workers the option of either monetary compensation or additional paid time off for any overtime hours worked. Grothman is a co-sponsor of the bill.

For additional information about the bill, click here.

The Working Families Flexibility Act passed the House by a vote of 229 to 197.

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U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman is serving his second term representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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