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  • Save American Workers Act of 2015

    by Representative Paul Ryan

    Posted on 2015-01-08

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    RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, pursuant to House Resolution 19, I call up the bill (H.R. 30) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee for purposes of the employer mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace it with 40 hours, and ask for its immediate consideration in the House.

    The Clerk read the title of the bill.

    The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 30 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Save American Workers Act of 2015''.


    (a) Full-Time Equivalents.--Paragraph (2) of section 4980H(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended-- (1) by repealing subparagraph (E), and (2) by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following new subparagraph: [[Page H126]] ``(E) Full-time equivalents treated as full-time employees.--Solely for purposes of determining whether an employer is an applicable large employer under this paragraph, an employer shall, in addition to the number of full-time employees for any month otherwise determined, include for such month a number of full-time employees determined by dividing the aggregate number of hours of service of employees who are not full-time employees for the month by 174.''.

    (b) Full-Time Employees.--Paragraph (4) of section 4980H(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended-- (1) by repealing subparagraph (A), and (2) by inserting before subparagraph (B) the following new subparagraph: ``(A) In general.--The term `full-time employee' means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least 40 hours of service per week.''.

    (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this section shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.


    The budgetary effects of this Act shall not be entered on either PAYGO scorecard maintained pursuant to section 4(d) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore (Mr. Yoder). Pursuant to House Resolution 19, the gentleman from Wisconsin (Mr. Ryan) and the gentleman from Michigan (Mr. Levin) each will control 30 minutes.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Wisconsin.

    General Leave Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Wisconsin? There was no objection.

    Mr. RYAN of Wisconsin. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

    Mr. Speaker, the first firm step on the ladder of opportunity is a full-time job, and for too many Americans, this first step is moving out of reach thanks to ObamaCare. Right now, the law says that every large employer must give health insurance to its full-time employees. Here is the catch: it defines full time as 30 hours or more.

    So guess what is happening--businesses are cutting workers' hours. They are keeping them below 30 hours to avoid the penalty. It is commonly known as the ObamaCare 29ers. And what is more, community colleges are laying off their professors and they are cutting their hours, so they have to cut their class offerings as well. In other words, the law is making it much harder to learn new skills and to find a better paying job. I can't think of a worse way to support working families: taking opportunities away from them, cutting paychecks, cutting hours.

    Who are the people who are most at risk with this 30-hour rule? Well, by and large, it is young people in low-paying jobs--probably their first jobs. One study said that over half of them have, at most, a high school degree.

    {time} 1415 These are the people who are just getting started in life, who need those extra hours, who want to move up the ladder of economic opportunity. ObamaCare is holding these people down. That is why we are here today.

    This bill changes the law's definition of full time to 40 hours a week. That is the way most people define full time. That is the way it has been done for decades in other parts of law. That way, businesses will no longer fear letting their employees work a full workweek. That way, people can get the experience they need. That way, we can get people working again and build a healthy economy.

    Mr. Speaker, it is really clear. There are so many parts of this law that are holding back the country, that are raising health care costs, that are putting us further behind and deeper in the hole on fiscal responsibility. But this rule is costing people jobs; this rule is knocking people out of full-time work. It is no wonder that CBO is telling us the equivalent of over 2 million people will not work because of this law.

    I urge adoption of this bill, and I reserve the balance of my time.

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