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Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act:

“A veteran returns home. After years of serving her country, she can’t get a job. Employers, struggling to stay afloat themselves, just aren’t hiring because Obamacare makes hiring new full-time employees more expensive.

“In a job market that’s already tough, the Obamacare employer mandate makes it worse. The cold fact is that Obamacare keeps employers from hiring when Americans still need more work.

“According to a University of Phoenix national military survey, 61 percent of veterans who have held civilian jobs say they have previously held or are now holding a job beneath their skill level. Of those, 72 percent say they accepted such a position because they were unemployed.

“So today, in the House’s first day in session for this Congress, we unanimously passed the Hire More Heroes Act by a vote of 412—0. This bill helps small businesses grow and veterans get jobs by excluding veterans from the employer mandate threshold if they already have health care through TRICARE or the VA.

“Ultimately, we will only be able to fix our broken health care system by repealing and replacing Obamacare. But until then, this bill makes a fix now that will help our heroes who have served our country from a particularly harmful part of this failed law.”