House Votes to Restore the 40-Hour Workweek
Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 30, the Save The American Workers Act, which would restore the 40-hour workweek destroyed by Obamacare.
McCarthy’s full remarks are below, or watch them online here.
“Mr. Speaker, we all know that the employer mandate has resulted in lost wages and jobs in America. That point is just not debatable anymore.
“Numerous studies have said so, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO)— businesses are reacting to Obamacare’s perverse incentives and scaling down.
“But the impact of this mandate isn’t on paper. It’s in the people across this country in each and every district who feel the pain of Obamacare.
“In my district in Kern County, firefighters, the Department of Mental Health, probation facilities, have been forced to reduce the hours of extra-help employees. And that’s just in county government.
“But you know who the employer mandate hurts most of all? Women, small business owners, and low-income and unskilled workers.
“But we have an opportunity today to do something about it by passing Representative Todd Young’s Save the American Workers Act.
“This bill is commonsense. It is bipartisan. But the President has already threatened to veto it. The American people don’t want that. They want solutions, not obstruction.
“So, Mr. President, you say you care about those who have fallen on hard times. Show it, and sign this bill. You say you care about the youth of this country struggling with debt and unable to find jobs. Show it, and sign this bill. You care about low-income workers, about working women, and about small businesses. Then show it, and sign this bill. Actions speak louder than words.
“The employer mandate and Obamacare as a whole is hurting the job market and it’s hurting Americans. Only a full repeal of the law will solve the problem, but this bill helps and the President should sign it. I yield back.”