Released by the office of U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling

WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), a leading conservative and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today after House passage of a bill he co-sponsored – the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 2575) – which would repeal Obamacare’s 30 hour definition of full-time employment and re-instate the traditional definition of 40 hours..

“Just days before Election Day in 2008, then-Senator Obama said, ‘We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America.’  The President’s crowning achievement in this effort is Obamacare, which fundamentally transforms approximately one-fifth of our economy by putting government bureaucrats in charge of our health care.
“In addition to forcing Americans to purchase coverage they don’t want at prices they can’t afford, Obamacare unilaterally revised what constitutes full-time employment from 40 hours to 30 hours per week.  This change is having a dramatic impact on our economy and on jobs.  A Hoover Institute study has estimated that 2.6 million workers are at risk for reduced hours, which will reduce their income by 25 percent.
“Senator Harry Reid may not believe that Obamacare is hurting Americans, but I hear from my constituents that it is.  I recently heard from Judy in Terrell, who wrote, ‘I am a small business owner in Terrell, I work hard, pay my bills and provide jobs for several local folks.  It is very upsetting that we are having to cut employees hours because we simply can’t afford Obamacare.  Would the government rather them have a job or insurance? Looks like now they will be unemployed or underemployed at the peril of our government.’
“The President’s economic policies have failed and are holding back the economy—keeping hard working people from achieving the American dream.
“The solution is not more government, like Obamacare and its redefinition of full-time employment, but rather to lift the wet blanket of Obamanomics off our economy and unleash it to create jobs and prosperity for the American people.”