Today, Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) released the following statement on the House passage of H.R. 3979, the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act. The legislation would ensure that volunteer fire companies are not subject to the requirements and fines under Obamacare's employer mandate, which would force stations to reduce staff and jeopardize their ability to promptly respond to emergencies in the community.
"Should this regulation take effect, a number of volunteer fire departments in the 6th District and the communities they serve would be directly harmed," said Roskam. "By permanently barring the Obamacare employer mandate from impacting volunteer fire fighters, we can ensure their focus will remain on responding to emergencies in the community instead of complying with a burdensome mandate or thousands of dollars in fines."
"Protection of the volunteer firefighter in America is not only a community concern, but a national one," said Glen Ellyn Fire Chief Jim Bodony. "These selfless individuals and their organizations need more support, more funding and protection from harmful federal mandates that can put them out of business."