Dr. Bucshon Votes to Restore 40 Hour Work week
Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. voted for H.R. 30, the Save American Workers (SAW) Act, which passed the House of Representatives Thursday. This bipartisan bill returns the American work week to forty hours from the Affordable Care Act’s definition of full-time employment as thirty hours per week. This commonsense change will help low- and middle-class Hoosiers maintain the hours and wages they depend on and will eliminate an unnecessary tax burden on small businesses.
Dr. Bucshon released the following statement after H.R. 30 passed the House:
“The Save American Workers Act puts an end to the Affordable Care Act’s arbitrary and destructive 30-hour work week rule that has forced full-time employees to take part-time work,” said Bucshon. “I’ve heard from school corporations, local municipalities, and hourly wage earners throughout the Eighth District that this law is costing Hoosiers the wages they rely on to support their family, invest in their community, and save for the future. I’ve always said that this law is fundamentally flawed and cannot be fixed. However, we need to take action now, where we have the opportunity, to protect the American people from its harmful effects while we work to implement real, patient-centered reforms that ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable care. I want to thank Rep. Todd Young for his dedication and leadership on this issue on behalf of Indiana and our country. I’m proud to again support this bipartisan, commonsense effort to give hardworking employees a fair shot.”
Sponsored by Representatives Todd Young (R-IN) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL), H.R. 30 originally passed the House in April of 2014 with Dr. Bucshon as a cosponsor but did not move forward in the Senate. The SAW Act will now return to the Senate and may be considered in the new Congress.
The bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 252 to 172. More information on the bill can be found here.
Congressman Larry Bucshon, a physician from Southern Indiana, is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Indiana’s 8th Congressional District. Bucshon sits on the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce. The 8th District includes all or parts of Clay, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Martin, Owen, Parke, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warrick counties.