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Photo By Douglas Graham/Roll Call/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby spoke about the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2013, a bill passed by the House of Representatives this week.

On the eve of Mother’s Day, Roby dove into the details of the bill, which she sponsors. “This bill provides options for working moms and dads who need more time to take care of family responsibilities,” Roby said. “It also demonstrates how applying conservative principles can help working Americans in their everyday lives.”

The bill would allow private sector workers to exchange overtime wages for paid time off. This option, already available to government workers, would allow parents time to “take their child to the doctor, attend a PTA meeting, or make it to a tee-ball game,” says Roby.

“What this bill doesn’t do is change the 40-hour work week or how overtime is calculated,” Roby explained. “The same protections that have been a part of labor law for decades remain, and we’ve added additional protections against coercion or unfair treatment.”

Roby questioned critics of the bill who feel that employers may force workers to take time off instead of overtime pay. “Why should the rules be any different for employees in the private sector? Why should government workers have more freedom in the workplace than everybody else? And why is Washington restricting employers from offering certain benefits that government itself is free to offer.”

Roby concluded by urging the Senate to act expediently on the bill. “I join my fellow House Republicans in urging the Democratic-run Senate to take up this bill and pass it soon.” She also urged President Barack Obama to “listen to the working parents of our country and promise them, he’ll sign this bill into law when it reaches his desk.”

“This bill won’t solve the debt crisis, or fix the President’s healthcare law, or simplify the tax code,” Roby admitted. “But the fact that we can’t solve the big, overarching problems overnight shouldn’t stop us from doing what we can right now to help make life a little easier for working moms and dads.”

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Aug 042012
 

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In this week’s Republican address, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor focuses on rebutting the president’s tax proposals, but joins the president in wishing well for the athletes.

“Watching the Olympics this week, I am reminded that one of the things that sets America apart is that ordinary people have the freedom to accomplish extraordinary things,” Cantor states. “Every day I hear from Americans who are ready to do the extraordinary: Open a new business, create new jobs, build a better future for our children and theirs.  All they ask is that Washington get out of the way.”

“While we continue to work to provide solutions here at home, we wish our athletes in London the very best,” he said.

Cantor, like his colleagues who have delivered the address before him, says it is imperative to put a stop to the plan by President Obama and Democrats to extend tax cuts for households with incomes less than $250,000.  This week, the Democrat-led Senate passed this bill which would allow taxes to increase for wealthier Americans. Meanwhile, House Republicans voted in favor of a bill to stop the impending tax increase set to take effect for all Americans next year.

“The threat of higher taxes and more red tape has our small business owners anxiously sitting on the sidelines rather than starting a new business and hiring another employee,” Cantor says in the address.

He adds, “These men and women know what some in Washington apparently do not, that higher taxes and more regulations do not create jobs.  Entrepreneurs do.  Red tape and new taxes just make the job of creating jobs that much harder.”

The House leader notes President Obama’s stance on tax increases less than two years ago, saying the president “actually agreed with House Republicans that a tax increase on our small businessmen and women would hurt our economy.”

“This raises the question: does President Obama now believe our economy is doing so well that we can afford to raise taxes on small businesses?” Cantor asks.

Jobs data released Friday showed a jump in the U.S. unemployment rate from 8.2 percent to 8.3 percent, despite the addition of 163,000 jobs in June.  Cantor says that he is hopeful that Washington can come together on bipartisan legislation that will put the breaks on any tax hikes or red tape that he says would slow down job creation.

“We have made clear our willingness to be here in Washington if the President and Harry Reid will finally decide to join us in a bipartisan solution to stop the massive tax hike,” he says.

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