Citizens For A Strong NH - Guinta supports, while Kuster opposes, job-saving legislation in House


House Passes HR 30: Save American Workers Act of 2015

While Guinta votes for a bill to curb a provision of Obamacare that's hurting the job market, Kuster opposes it.
Derek Dufresne


(January 8, 2015) - Today, the House of Representatives cast one of their first votes of the new Congress to minimize the devastating effects of Obamacare. By a vote of 252-172, they passed HR 30, the Save American Workers Act of 2015, which would alter the law's definition of full-time workers who must be offered employer-provided health care. HR 30 changes the threshold from 30 hours weekly to a 40-hour standard. Defining full-time employees as those working at least 30 hours is pressuring firms to save money by cutting workers' hours and diminishing the number of full-time jobs.  

According to a Hoover Institution study, 2.6 million Americans making under $30,000 are at risk of having their hours and wages cut as a result of ObamaCare's 30-hour rule. Of that: 
  • 60 percent are between the ages of 19 and 34 - making the 30-hour rule particularly damaging for younger American workers. 
  • 90 percent do not have a college degree. 
  • 63 percent are women. 
  • Over 600,000 workers in the retail trade, 225,000 workers in the education industry, and 589,000 workers in restaurants, are at risk of having their hours and wages cut.  
Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01) voted in favor of this important legislation. While twelve Democrats joined with Republicans in support of HR 30, Congressman Annie Kuster (NH-02) opposed it.
Derek Dufresne, spokesman for Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire, released the following statement:


"We were very pleased to see HR 30 pass the House of Representatives today. While we continue to support a full repeal of the disaster known as Obamacare, if this legislation becomes law, it will help alleviate one of the most job-killing effects, the '30-hour rule.' 

"With a new Congress, and as evident with today's vote, Granite Staters finally have a voice in the House of Representatives who will fight against Obamacare. We thank Congressman Frank Guinta for continuing to support New Hampshire's working families by voting for HR 30. Sadly though, with Congresswoman Annie Kuster's opposition to it, residents of our state's Second Congressional District clearly still have a representative who is more concerned with listening to Nancy Pelosi instead of the will of her constituents."