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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

U.S. House Passes Hire More Heroes Act

January 7, 2015
Press Release

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives cast a bipartisan vote of 412-0 to pass H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act, as the first piece of legislation it considered in the 114th Congress.  Rep. Rob Woodall, who co-sponsored the bill, expressed his support for the measure and what he hopes will be a new opportunity for the legislation that was passed once before by the House during the 113th Congress.  While the bill never received a vote in the previous Senate, Woodall believes that will now change as a new majority was sworn in today.

“We face many challenges as a nation, but today’s vote serves as a reminder that there is a great deal on which we can agree – and make a positive impact on the lives of American families,” said Rep. Woodall. “There are undeniably those divisive issues that consume much of the debate in Washington, but taking care of our veterans is something that brings us together, and I’m thrilled to begin the 114th Congress in this way.”

With the implementation of additional federal healthcare mandates under the Affordable Care Act, many employers have been reluctant to expand beyond 50 employees due to placement in a new, more costly regulatory bracket.  H.R. 22 would allow businesses to hire veterans without being penalized by Obamacare regulatory burdens.

“This bill is a commonsense solution to a serious Obamacare problem,” Woodall continued.  “Whether you supported or opposed Obamacare, we can all agree that no one wanted to make it more difficult for our veterans to find work when they return home.  This overwhelmingly bipartisan vote today offers clear evidence of that.  We have an obligation to serve them as they have served us, and this is just one simple way of doing that.”

“The Hire More Heroes Act was a wonderful, bipartisan bill last Congress, just as it is now.  Regrettably, the Senate at that time was unwilling to partner with the House in ushering this legislation to the President’s desk, but I’m excited to see a new Senate majority today that I believe will do just that.”

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process.