ICYMI: Davis’ Hire More Heroes Act Signed Into Law
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today released the following statement after his bill, the Hire More Heroes Act, which incentivizes small businesses to hire veterans while providing them relief from the Affordable Care Act, was signed into law as part of H.R. 3236, the Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act.
“This is how our government is supposed to work,” said Davis. “We took a problem identified by a constituent, found a solution, and worked together on a bipartisan basis to get it signed into law. The Hire More Heroes Act makes a commonsense change to Obamacare that will help businesses grow by hiring more of our nation’s veterans.”
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.