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Roe Supports 40-Hour Work Week

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Washington, January 8, 2015 | Tiffany Haverly (202-226-8072) | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers Act. H.R. 30 would repeal the ObamaCare provision that reduces the traditional 40-hour work week to 30 hours. The bill passed the House with bipartisan support.

Video of Roe’s remarks can be viewed here.

Roe’s statement as prepared for delivery:

I am pleased that a vote on this bipartisan bill is one of the first acts of the 114th Congress.

Everywhere I go, I hear concerns about the lack of jobs and the need for job creation—Tennessee’s unemployment rate is still too high at 6.8 percent. We must do everything possible to encourage employers not only to create jobs but to maintain the jobs they currently offer.

Employers are already struggling to make their budgets work in an uncertain economy. We know how these employers will be forced to respond—by cutting hours or hiring fewer workers.

I’ve spent my entire adult life as a physician, taking care of people from all walks of life. I want every American—including those with pre-existing conditions—to have access to affordable medical care. I’ve worked in Congress to develop patient-centered solutions that help people afford health care, like the American Health Care Reform Act.

So in the meantime, we must do what we can to protect the American people from this law. That’s why I encourage my colleagues to support this bill.
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