By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Rep. Paul Cook (R- Apple Valley) voted today in favor of the Save American Workers Act, H.R. 2575. This bill focuses on jobs and helps to provide relief to middle-class families.
The employer mandate section of Obamacare stipulates that any employee working 30 hours per week qualifies as full time, and is entitled to health care coverage. This contradicts the traditional notion of the 40-hour workweek, which has been used for decades as a measure of full time status. This 30-hour definition has forced employers, especially small businesses, to cut hours for employees in order to stay under the 30-hour threshold just to keep their doors open. By keeping the traditional 40-hour full time work week, this bill will ensure that workers don’t see their hours cut by as much as 25 percent.
Cook stated, “Obamacare isn’t just hurting people through higher health care costs – it’s forcing employers to cut hours, which is devastating to people struggling to make ends meet. With unemployment and underemployment still the number one issue, we have a responsibility to do all we can to put America back to work. I’m proud to support this bill that gets government out of the way and allows job creators to do what they do best.”
A member of the House Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Veterans’ Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.