Another Shot at Hiring More Heroes

As we begin a new year and a new Congress, we have an opportunity to put an end to the gridlock in Washington and work together to grow our economy and put our nation on solid footing for a greater future.  We will start by building on the work already done in the House – debating and voting on the many House-passed bills that received bipartisan support but were never considered by a Democratic-run Senate.

One bill, inspired by the superintendent of the Veterans Assistance Commission in Madison County, Illinois, to be considered early in the new Congress is the Hire More Heroes Act.  My legislation, which overwhelmingly passed the House last year by a vote of 406-1 but was held up in the Senate, makes a commonsense change to Obamacare that will encourage small businesses to hire more of our nation’s veterans.

In just a few months, Obamacare will mark it’s fifth anniversary – five years of delays, canceled policies, costly website glitches and increased out-of-pocket expenses for families.  Unfortunately, the law’s problems don’t end there.  We continue to see its lingering impact on our economy as many small businesses delay hiring, cut hours and in some cases reduce payroll.

In fact, the National Small Business Association found that 91 percent of small businesses have seen increases in their healthcare costs, and two-thirds of their members listed Obamacare as the reason for holding off hiring new employees.

The Hire More Heroes Act exempts veterans already enrolled in healthcare plans through the Department of Defense or the VA from being counted toward the employee limit as part of the employer mandate required under Obamacare. By making this commonsense change to the law, we will not only provide small businesses with much-needed relief from Obamacare but also help more of our veterans find work.

Despite receiving some of the best training in the world, post-9/11 veterans are consistently faced with higher unemployment rates than that of other veterans.   So as more and more of our veterans return home, the Hire More Heroes Act will give those who have sacrificed and served our country a leg up in a competitive job market.

Whether it’s considering bills inspired directly by constituents such as the Hire More Heroes Act or others, the 114th Congress will focus on furthering the priorities of the American people.   With a new year and a new Congress, we have an opportunity and commitment to end the stagnation in Washington and make our government work for the people again.

— Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)

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