WASHINGTON, D.C. --Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the following statement after voting to pass two bills that would repeal job-killing provisions of the president's healthcare law out of the House Ways and Means Committee. The healthcare law drastically changed the definition of full-time work from 40 hours to 30 hours per week, causing businesses to reduce employee hours to avoid costs and fines associated with these employer mandate rules. H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act of 2013 would restore the 40 hour work week, and H.R. 3979, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act ensures that volunteer fire companies are not subject to the requirements and fines under the law's employer mandate.
"Due to the healthcare law's 30-hour rule, businesses are stopping hiring or seriously reducing employee hours, hurting millions of Americans who rely on those hourly wages to support their families in an already tough economy," said Roskam. "The Hoover Institution estimates 2.6 million Americans making under $30,000 a year will be hit hardest by reduced hours due to Obamacare's new rules. At a time when too many Americans are unemployed or underemployed, we must do everything possible to protect worker's jobs and wages from the unintended consequences of Obamacare."
"The residents of Glen Ellyn rely on their volunteer firefighters to protect them. A damaging component contained in Obamacare would require our volunteers to be counted as full time employees under the Act. This would force us to reduce the size of our Department, which could lead to understaffing vehicles and increased response times," said Jim Bodony, fire chief at Glen Ellyn Fire Department. "In addition, the financial impact could greatly affect our service levels. The action taken by Congressman Roskam will change that rule so we can continue to provide the citizens of Glen Ellyn with a fully functioning, well staffed fire department."