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  • Save American Workers Act of 2015

    by Representative Peter J. Roskam

    Posted on 2015-01-08

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    ROSKAM. I thank the chairman.

    Mr. Speaker, there is an opportunity here for us to do a good thing, and that is to take a law that was well-intentioned but poorly executed and fix it and make some improvements. There has been all kinds of discussion over the past couple of months--highly-charged political discussion, really, on both sides, that makes false claims about different people's motives.

    I will tell you the motive of the sponsor of this bill, Mr. Young from Indiana, is to do this: to lift a burden off of people who find themselves not served by a law that they were told was going to serve them.

    They were told: ``Oh, this is going to be great. There is going to be no adverse effect on your job opportunities. In fact, it is all going to be terrific. Just sign up for it.'' As it turns out, Mr. Young recognized that that wasn't working out for [[Page H133]] people who were at the lower end of the economic spectrum, Mr. Speaker, so he decided to do something about it. He decided to introduce this bill.

    What it does is simply lifts a burden. It says we are not going to create a downward pressure on jobs. Instead, we are going to create an environment in which jobs are more buoyant, and they are more abundant, and there is more of them.

    Enough with the false claims and the straw man argument that this is somehow insidious and is taking something away. No, no, no. This isn't taking away. This is adding, and this is empowering, and this is life- giving, and we ought to support it.

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