Let’s hire more heroes

Rep. Rodney Davis represents Illinois’ 13th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He sponsored the Hire More Heroes Act which the House will include as part of the Jobs For America Act this week.

The failures of Obamacare are almost too great to count – from website glitches and an embarrassing roll-out to increased out-of-pocket expenses and canceled policies. But the law’s problems don’t just end there. We are also seeing the negative impact it is having on our economy as many small businesses are delaying hiring, cutting hours and in some cases reducing their payroll.

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

At the same time, we know that our nation’s veteranshave received some of the best training in the world, producing skills that will benefit civilian employers. Yet those who served since 9/11 are facing an unemployment rate of 9 percent, much higher than the rest of the country.

Among all veterans, the unemployment rate for women is 6.9 percent and for men is 6.5 percent, both still higher than the rest of the country.

That’s why I introduced and the House overwhelmingly approved H.R. 3474, the Hire More Heroes Act. This bipartisan legislation will help ease the burden on small businesses while incentivizing them to hire the thousands of veterans who have found themselves out of work as they return home from overseas.

The Hire More Heroes Act simply states that veterans enrolled in health care provided through the VA or TRICARE are exempt from being counted towards the number of employees required by the employer mandate under Obamacare.

It only makes sense to exempt veterans receiving health care through the VA from Obamacare’s employer mandate since they are clearly covered elsewhere and do not need employer-provided insurance.

This legislation will help our veterans find work and assist small businesses in hiring qualified, well-trained employees while providing much-needed relief from Obamacare and am pleased that it was approved by the House last March.

However, like many of the other jobs-related bills that have passed with strong bipartisan support in the House, the Hire More Heroes Act continues to languish in the Senate, waiting to be called for a fair up or down vote.

So, I’m pleased that the House will once again pass this commonsense, bipartisan legislation along with dozens of other jobs bills, in another attempt to have the Senate join us in putting Americans back to work.

Thank you to my colleagues in the House for once again supporting this bill and to the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, The Retired Enlisted Association, and the Fleet Reserve Association for supporting the legislation as well.

— Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL)

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