Day One: Walker Acts to Support Our Nation's Veterans and Small Businesses
WASHINGTON, DC â€“ In his first legislative vote last night, U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-6) supported the bipartisan passage of H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015, which incentivizes small businesses to hire veterans by excluding them from the Affordable Care Actâ€™s employer mandate threshold.
â€œOur service men and women deserve our very best â€“ both while in uniform and when they take it off. We need to facilitate the transition back to civilian life by reducing barriers to employment,â€ said Rep. Walker. â€œLast year, the Hire More Heroes Act passed with overwhelming bipartisan support (406-1) yet never got to the Presidentâ€™s desk. I am proud that on my first day as a U.S. Representative I could support legislation to help our nationâ€™s heroes and reduce the burden of the Presidentâ€™s healthcare law,â€ added Walker.
The Hire More Heroes Act received unanimous support in the House of Representatives last night and was passed twice in the House of Representativesâ€™ 113th Session. The Hire More Heroes Act exempts veterans who receive health care through TRICARE or the VA from being counted toward the employer mandate under the Affordable Care Act.