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  • Save American Workers Act of 2015

    by Representative Chris Van Hollen

    Posted on 2015-01-08

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    VAN HOLLEN of maryland in the house of representatives Thursday, January 8, 2015 Mr. VAN HOLLEN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in opposition to H.R. 30, the so-called ``Save American Workers Act of 2015.'' Republicans claim this bill is a fix to the Affordable Care Act and vital to protecting American jobs. But that's simply not true. According the non-partisan CBO, raising the threshold for employers to provide coverage from 30 hours per week to 40 could lead them to shift more employees to part- time work, end employer-sponsored coverage for one million people, and leave up to half a million completely uninsured. Even conservative analyst Tuval Levin agreed, writing recently in the National Review, ``Putting the cutoff for the employer mandate at 40 hours would put far, far more people at risk of having their hours cut than leaving it at 30 hours.'' On top of the assaults on workers' hours and benefits, CBO estimates the bill would increase the federal deficit by $53 billion over the next decade.'' Republicans have brought this irresponsible bill to the floor on the heels of more news that the Affordable Care is working. Yesterday, Gallup released data showing the percentage of uninsured Americans is declining steeply and HHS announced that nearly 6.6 million Americans selected plans or were re-enrolled in the federal exchange since open enrollment began.

    As I have said before, I am more than willing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make genuine, reasonable improvements to the Affordable Care Act. Along these lines, I want to commend Congressman Joe Courtney for bringing an altemative proposal to the Rules Committee yesterday. Unfortunately, today's bill does not meet the definition of a genuine, reasonable improvement.

    Finally Mr. Speaker, if Republicans were really serious about helping employees they would support the CEO/Employee Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill is simple. It says if corporations want to be able to deduct the bonuses and compensation for their CEOs and other executives over $1 million, they better be giving their employees a fair shake. I urge my colleagues to reject the 40-hour bill and join me in a real effort to support American workers.


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