DC (WFVA) -- On Capitol Hill-the House passed a bill yesterday that gives private-sector employees who work more than 40 hours a week the option of taking paid time off instead of overtime pay. The choice already exists in the public sector. 7th District Congressman Eric Cantor says the measure brings more flexibility and would help workers balance family and career. "As a father of three, I can tell you as a working parent, I know that it's very necessary to be there for your children. And I bet no matter who you are as a working parent, if you ask a mom or a dad what they need more of, it's time," Cantor said on the House floor. "Washington should not be in the way of more freedom in the workplace." Many Democrats oppose it saying it's a backdoor way for businesses to avoid overtime pay. The White House has threatened a veto.