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Congresswoman Barbara Comstock

Representing the 10th District of Virginia

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Comstock Votes For The Save American Workers Act

January 8, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) issued the following statement on the passage of The Save American Workers Act which passed 252-172:

“Obamacare has unfairly harmed working families and small businesses,” said Congresswoman Comstock.  “This legislation will enable employers to restore work hours and put more money into the paychecks of our working families.  According to a Hoover Institute study, the 2.6 million Americans making less than $30,000 a year are most at risk of having their hours and wages cut as a result of the thirty-hour rule.  The Save American Workers Act rights that wrong.  Businesses across America are cutting employees’ hours down to twenty-nine hours because of Obamacare…restaurants; schools; and retailers are being forced to cut hours back.  This bill can restore employees to a forty-hour work week.”      

The Save American Workers Act makes two key changes to the Obamacare employer mandate.  Under this legislation full-time employee means, with respect to any month, an employee who is employed on average at least forty-hours of service per week (rather than thirty-hours as under present law).  The number of full-time equivalent employees for a month is determined by dividing the aggregate number of hours of service of employees who are not full-time employees for the month by 174 (rather than 120 as under present law).