Hoyer Says Dems May Beat Back Comp Time Bill

House Minority Whip Hoyer suggested Monday that Democrats might be able to defeat a Republican bill allowing employees to take compensation time instead of paid overtime. House Republican leaders conducted a whip count on the legislation Monday, with an eye on Republicans from districts with a large union presence.

   Hoyer described the GOP's "Family Time Flexibility Act," which is scheduled for the House floor this week, as "a way to get around paying workers more than time and a half, when they work more than 40 hours a week."

   Republicans contend the bill would give workers more flexibility over their work schedules by allowing them voluntarily to take up to 160 hours of paid compensation time each year instead of being paid overtime.

   Hoyer declined to say which Republicans might side with Democrats on the measure, but predicted some GOP members that represent large union constituencies might have a hard time voting for the bill.

   "I think we have an opportunity to prevail on this bill," Hoyer said. "There are obviously Republicans who are concerned and who vote to protect working people."

   Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., and others today plan to join AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Linda Chavez-Thompson in an event to protest the bill.