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  • Save American Workers Act of 2015

    by Representative Charles W. Boustany Jr.

    Posted on 2015-01-08

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    BOUSTANY. Mr. Speaker, it has been demonstrated many times over that ObamaCare is a broken law. For example, under the law, full-time employment is classified at 30 hours a week, requiring these businesses to provide insurance to these employees.

    Now, what is the consequence? This creates an incentive to limit hours. This will disproportionately affect 2.3 million low-income workers. It puts our economy in danger of creating a class of part-time employees where having two or three jobs is the norm. That is just unacceptable. That is not the answer for America.

    Even major unions like the Teamsters say this law will destroy the very health and well-being of working families. That is not the promise of America. That is not the America we all aspire to. We should be encouraging businesses to hire more, to offer more pay, not to limit growth and employment. That is not the answer.

    Today, the House is taking action to save the American worker by lifting this threshold to a more realistic 40 hours a week.

    I could tell you real-life experience. Having talked to companies, they are going to be pushing more and more of these workers into part- time employment. I urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to talk to businesses in their districts and understand what is really happening as a consequence.

    That is why we should pass this legislation. I encourage all Members to please support this bill.

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