Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) spoke on the House floor earlier today, urging his colleagues to support a bipartisan bill that would allow businesses the opportunity to expand workers’ hours by redefining full-time employees under Obamacare.
“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today in support of H.R. 2575, the Save American Workers Act.
“Mr. Speaker, working on an hourly wage is tough. I know this. I worked every single part of the job in a deli, one that I started 25 years ago. Doing an hourly wage is an opportunity to start, to work hard, to impress, to be able to move up. But in today’s world, it’s a little different. Today, because of ObamaCare, you don’t have the opportunity to work the extra hours. You don’t have the opportunity to expand.
“Mr. Speaker, I listened to another colleague on this floor say small businesses were exempt, up to 50. So, now our law is saying, “You have to stay small. You can’t grow. You can’t have that American dream to be something bigger.”
“You know, Mr. Speaker, this affects business but it also affects the public sector as well. In every single district across this country, this is having a great deal of effect. In my own hometown in Kern County, the Board of Supervisors no longer allow seasonal workers. Those are firefighters, those are extra individuals who work seasonally, because they can’t go beyond the time. My community college district no longer has that extra job for the students. The students packed the boardroom and wanted to know why we could no longer do this. They pointed to one bill: ObamaCare.
“Those are the stories you hear, the stories you know about. But you know what? Numbers don’t lie. So, what have the numbers shown since this law has gone into effect? The Department of Labor shows for low-wage workers in December of 2013 clocked the shortest workweek on record. Only 27.4 hours a week. That is lower than during the recession.
“Today, we have an opportunity to change that. Today, we have an opportunity to unshackle that an individual can work more hours, that an individual that maybe owns a business can give people more opportunities. Yes, that the barrier will not be there to make sure you’re only small, but you can have the American dream. You can grow.
“Mr. Speaker, I ask all to join us in making a bipartisan bill when individuals have co-sponsored this bill to move America forward. I yield back.”