Save American Workers Act of 2015by Representative Bradley Byrne
Posted on 2015-01-08
BYRNE. Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I appreciate your leadership on
this very important issue.
Mr. Speaker, I support this bill. In fact, just this morning I was reading your op-ed from USA Today in which you make a great point. This law cannot be fixed. It is beyond repair. No quick legislative fix can fix this law and make it work for the countless American families who have already been negatively impacted, including people in my district.
Last November, the American people spoke loud and clear. They want to see bold legislative action that pushes back against the failed policies of this President.
I support this bill, but I want to do more, and we must do more. I look forward to working with the chairman and leadership of this House to move forward with the full repeal of this law.
Mr. Speaker, I will insert into the Record the position statement favoring this bill from the National Federation of Independent Business, the voice of small business of America.
National Federation of Independent Business, Washington, DC, January 6, 2015.
Dear Representative: On behalf of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation's leading small business advocacy organization, I am writing in support of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015. H.R. 30 will be considered an NFIB Key Vote for the 114th Congress.
This legislation would replace the new 30-hour per week full-time or full-time equivalent (FTE) employee definition created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a 40-hour per week definition. The ACA defines full-time employee for the purpose of the employer mandate as an employee who works an average of 30-hours per week (130- hours per month). The employer mandate is a requirement that businesses with 100 or more full-time or FTE employees offer qualified, ``affordable'' health insurance to 70 percent of full-time employees or pay costly penalties beginning in 2015. In 2016, businesses with 50 or more full-time or FTE employees must offer qualified, ``affordable'' health insurance to 95 percent of full-time employees and their dependents or pay costly penalties.
In early 2013, NFIB testified before the House Committee on Small Business that the new definition is ``one of the most dangerous parts in the law.'' The ACA marks the first time that ``full-time'' is expressly defined in federal law. Prior to the ACA's enactment, the determination was left up to the employer.\1\ Similarly, the Fair Labor [[Page H131]] Standards Act has long dictated that overtime pay starts after 40-hours per week.\2\ Thus, employers and employees have long understood ``full-time'' to be equivalent to 40- hours per week.
The 30-hour full-time definition is already resulting in less opportunities, fewer hours and lower incomes for employees. Small businesses are already being forced to shrink their workforce below and restricting workforce growth above the 50 FTE employee threshold in preparation for the costly mandate.
H.R. 30 would provide some immediate relief for small- business owners and employees. The bill would reduce taxes on employers by tens of billions of dollars. For employees, the bill would prevent decreases in take home pay.
NFIB supports H.R. 30 and will consider it an NFIB Key Vote for the 114th Congress. We look forward to working with you to protect small business as the 114th Congress moves forward.
Sincerely, Amanda Austin, Vice President, Public Policy.
endnotes 1 http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/workhours/full-time.htm 2 http://www.dol.gov/whd/overtime_payt .htm Mr. LEVIN. Mr. Speaker, could I ask you for the available time now on both sides? The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman from Michigan has 11\3/4\ minutes remaining. The gentleman from Wisconsin has 13\1/4\ minutes remaining.