Hire More Heroes Act of 2015by Representative Diane Black
Posted on 2015-01-06
BLACK. Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the Hire
More Heroes Act. In my home State of Tennessee, we have over 525,000
veterans who have served our country in both war and peace--veterans,
people like my son, Steve, and my husband, Dave.
But today, too many of these Americans are struggling to find work. In fact, the unemployment rate among post-September 11 veterans is chronically higher than the national unemployment rate. I believe that we can do better. After all, our veterans have sacrificed for our country. Congress should, at the very least, make certain that Washington does not stand between them and access to a steady job.
The Hire More Heroes Act will help accomplish this by exempting veterans who already have health insurance from being counted as full- time workers under ObamaCare's employer mandate, meaning that business owners can hire veterans without fear of being slapped with an ObamaCare penalty. That is why this body passed the legislation by an overwhelming vote of 406-1 last year. Unfortunately, our efforts were stonewalled in the Democrat-controlled Senate. But today, we have an opportunity to start anew.
I urge my colleagues to vote ``yes'' on the Hire More Heroes Act, and I thank the gentleman from Illinois for his work on this critical measure.