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  • Hire More Heroes Act of 2015

    by Representative Sander M. Levin

    Posted on 2015-01-06

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    LEVIN. Madam Speaker, I yield myself such time as I shall consume.

    First of all, I would like to congratulate Mr. Ryan on your selection in election, I guess, as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. We look forward to working together.

    Madam Speaker, I support this bill. This bill encourages the hiring of veterans. The unemployment rate has continued to decline for post-9/ 11 veterans, and these improvements are part of a larger economic recovery.

    In November 2013, the unemployment rate for these veterans was nearly 10 percent. One year later, the rate has dropped to 5.7 percent, the national average; yet for female post-9/11 veterans, the unemployment rate remains high, above 8 percent.

    This bill continues as part of our national commitment to help the veterans of this country. I want to emphasize this if I might: as we legislate, we need to balance priorities. We need to maintain--very differently than just spoken--the basic structure of ACA, which is providing millions and millions of Americans with insurance and with coverage they never had.

    We also need to encourage the hiring of the veterans of this country who have served this Nation and serve this Nation so well. That is a supreme obligation of this institution; therefore, I support this legislation and reserve the balance of my time.

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