Congress.gov defines the bill as an amendment to the Internal Revenue Code’s definition of a “full-time” employee as an employee working 30 hours or more per week.
The bill would instead set full-time employment as an average 40 hours of work or more per week. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 248-179.
The 30-hour-per-week definition was itself an amendment to the code that was made through the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Through the amendment, employers were required to provide insurance to all employees working, on average, at least 30 hours per week.
Roe, of Johnson City, spoke in strong support of the Save American Workers Act during a telephone conference with area news media just prior to casting his vote.
“A full work week is 40 hours, not 30 hours,” Roe said during the conference call.
Roe spoke of area employers, including community colleges, area school systems and others, who are having to cut part-time employees’ hours back from 30-plus hours to 29-or-fewer hours because it is cost-prohibitive to provide health insurance for these employees.
“I’m not saying right or wrong,” Roe said. “I’m just saying that’s what they’re doing. The faculty need to work — they need the money they’re making from their jobs.”