CARTER AGAIN SUPPORTS JOBS FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
U.S. Representative John Carter (TX-31) today once again took action to help soldiers and their families obtain quality employment. Carter voted in favor of H.Res. 1070, which encourages employers to hire current and former service men and women who have been wounded in service. Earlier this year, Congressman Carter introduced the Military Spouses Employment Act that will provide employers a tax incentive to hire qualified military spouses.
"As Fort Hood's representative in Congress, I am proud to consistently support our nation's brave soldiers and their families. Today's vote is important in giving wounded service men and women an opportunity to excel in the workplace. After all, it is the least we can do for those who have sacrificed for our country," Congressman Carter said. "Enhancing the quality of life for military families continues to be a top priority of mine, which is why I introduced the Military Spouses Employment Act and voted in support of today's resolution."
Congressman Carter is committed to seeing his bill, the Military Spouses Employment Act, become law. If this bill is not brought up in the final days of the 109th Congress, Carter will reintroduce this legislation at the beginning of the 110th Congress.
The Military Spouses Employment Act will expand the Workforce Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) to include military spouses, providing employers a tax incentive to hire qualified military spouses. Qualified spouses include all active duty military spouses, as well as spouses of National Guard and Reserve members who are activated for 90 days or more. If expanded, WOTC would allow employers to claim an income tax credit of 40 percent for the first $6,000 in wages for qualified spouses who remain on the payroll at least 400 hours. For spouses who remain employed from 120 hours to 399 hours, employers are eligible for a tax credit of 25 percent.
Congressman Carter's bill may also help with service member retention, as research has found that the influence of military spouses on service member retention decisions has increased with the proportion of military spouses working outside the home.
Congressman Carter's bill has gained the support of The Military Coalition, which includes 36 organizations representing 5.5 million members. The legislation also has the support of Congress, with 105 original cosponsors.
H.Res. 1070, which the House passed today, expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that Members of the House should actively engage with employers and the American public at large to encourage the hiring of members and former members of the Armed Forces who were wounded in service and are facing a transition to civilian life.