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Ways and Means passes Rep. Young bill to repeal Obamacare's 30-hours provision

On a 23-14 vote, the House Ways and Means Committee passed Rep. Todd Young’s (R-IN9) H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act, and favorably reported it to the full House of Representatives for consideration.  Young’s bill would repeal the 30-hour definition of full-time employment in the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act and restore the traditional 40-hour work week.

In his opening statement at today’s markup hearing, Young noted the unintended consequence this 30-hour provision has created as an estimated 2.6 million hourly workers nationwide are at-risk for having their working hours cut to 29 or less.

“These workers aren’t worried about losing hours because they need something to do to pass the time,” said Young. “These are Americans who depend on those hours to support their families.  It isn’t just their hours, but also their wages, that are disappearing.  An employee seeing their hours cut from 39 hours to 29 hours will lose an entire week’s paycheck over the course of a month.  An employee going from 35 hours to 29 hours is essentially receiving a 17% pay cut, courtesy of Obamacare.”

Video of Young’s opening statement can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0MCJBKY-WE.

The full text of Young’s opening statement can be read at http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=368733.

Indiana’s 9th District includes all or parts of Brown, Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Jackson, Johnson Lawrence, Monroe, Morgan, Orange, Scott, and Washington Counties in south central Indiana.