VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Passes Bill to Support Hiring More Heroes

January 12, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released a video of her floor speech urging her colleagues to support the Hire More Heroes Act which incentivizes small businesses to hire veterans. She worked with her friend and colleague, Rep. Rodney Davis, and was the primary original co-sponsor.  The bill passed unanimously by a vote of 412-0, becoming the first bill passed by the 114th Congress.


“As we begin the 114th Congress, passage of this bipartisan Hire More Heroes Act, which focuses on empowering and employing our veterans, is the perfect tone to bring in the New Year,” said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, a Captain in the Hawai'i Army National Guard.  “This legislation will help decrease the number of unemployed veterans and support our small-business owners as they work hard to grow our economy.  I was honored to immediately offer my support and co-sponsor the bill because of the important constituency that it serves—those who willingly serve and sacrifice for our nation."
 
The bill allows employers to elect not to count any employee who already has health coverage through TRICARE or the Veterans Administration towards the employers’ calculation of full-time employees under the employer mandate requirement of the Affordable Care Act.  The benefits of the bill are twofold:  it encourages small businesses to expand their workforce, and incentivizes these businesses to hire more veterans.
 
Last week, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard met with the Army Reservist from Illinois who proposed the idea that inspired the Hire More Heroes Act.  He was thrilled with Congress’ quick action and the bill’s unanimous passage, and looks forward to seeing the results of the legislation, as more veterans are hired throughout the country.
 
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