House Passes Hire More Heroes Act as Part of Highway Extension
Bill Expected to Be Signed Into Law This Week
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today announced that his bill, the Hire More Heroes Act, passed the House as part of the highway extension bill. The Hire More Heroes Act, which incentivizes small businesses to hire veterans while providing them relief from the Affordable Care Act, passed the House unanimously earlier this year. The president is expected to sign H.R. 3236, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act, which includes Davis’ bill, after the Senate takes it up in the coming days.
“The Hire More Heroes Act is a bill that came from veterans to help veterans,” said Davis. “Our economy is still struggling to recover and Obamacare is listed by many small businesses as the number one reason they’re holding off hiring additional employees. By making this commonsense change to Obamacare, we will encourage businesses to hire more of our nation’s veterans.”
Additionally, H.R. 3236 extends federal highway programs, which expire at the end of this month, through October 29, 2015.
“While another short-term extension is not my first choice, it’s necessary to give us more time to find long-term funding solutions critical to implementing a long-term highway bill,” said Davis. “With the relevant committees in the House working on proposals and the Senate’s movement on their bill, I think it’s clear that this Congress is committed to passing a long-term bill that grows our economy and supports job creation.”
Background: H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015, passed the House by unanimous support on January 6, 2015. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced the Senate version earlier this month. Blunt was the lead sponsor in the Senate last Congress.
Davis first introduced the Hire More Heroes Act in November 2013, which passed the House twice last Congress, after the issue was brought up at one of his Veterans Advisory Board meetings. H.R. 3474 first passed the House by a vote of 406-1 on March 11, 2014 and again as part of a broad, bipartisan jobs package called the Jobs for America Act on September 18, 2014.
The Hire More Heroes Act incentivizes small businesses to hire veterans by exempting veterans who already receive health insurance through the Department of Veterans Affairs or the VA from being counted toward the number of employees required by the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act.
This legislation is supported by the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS), the only military service association representing the interests of every enlisted soldier and airmen in the Army and Air National Guard, and The Retired Enlisted Association, a Congressionally-charted veterans’ service organization and the largest association in the nation of enlisted retirees and veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces.