Roe, Blackburn Praise House Passage of 40-Hour Work Week Measure

Press release from U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn. 01; January 8, 2015:

Roe Supports 40-Hour Work Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act. H.R. 30 would repeal the ObamaCare provision that reduces the traditional 40-hour work week to 30 hours. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support.

Video of Roe’s remarks can be viewed here.

Roe’s statement as prepared for delivery:  

I am pleased that a vote on this bipartisan bill is one of the first acts of the 114th Congress.

Everywhere I go, I hear concerns about the lack of jobs and the need for job creation—Tennessee’s unemployment rate is still too high at 6.8 percent. We must do everything possible to encourage employers not only to create jobs but to maintain the jobs they currently offer.

Employers are already struggling to make their budgets work in an uncertain economy. We know how these employers will be forced to respond—by cutting hours or hiring fewer workers.

I’ve spent my entire adult life as a physician, taking care of people from all walks of life. I want every American—including those with pre-existing conditions—to have access to affordable medical care. I’ve worked in Congress to develop patient-centered solutions that help people afford health care, like the American Health Care Reform Act.

So in the meantime, we must do what we can to protect the American people from this law. That’s why I encourage my colleagues to support this bill.

Press release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. 07; January 8, 2015:

Blackburn Works to Repeal Obamacare Mandate that Deters Businesses from Creating Jobs for Hard-Working Americans

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) issued the following statement on House passage of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act. The legislation would repeal the 30-hour threshold for classification as a full-time employee under Obamacare and restore it to 40 hours.

“Forcing businesses to reduce hours and postpone hiring new workers is simply not fair to either growing small businesses or hard-working Americans. Small business owners in Tennessee have told me repeatedly that Obamacare’s mandate defining a full-time employee as someone working just 30 hours a week is hurting their ability both to create jobs and to provide workers with enough hours to provide for their families,” Blackburn said.

“The SAW Act provides relief to small business owners by restoring the environment for those who want to expand their businesses and to help those that are unemployed or underemployed find a job. “By raising the threshold to 40 hours, this legislation will help put more money in the pockets of hard-working Americans by allowing employers to provide hourly employees with more hours each week.”