Press Release: Thune Bill Provides Incentive to Hire Long-Term Unemployed Americans

Thune Bill Provides Incentive to Hire Long-Term Unemployed Americans

John_Thune_official_photoWASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Senator John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced S. 38, the Helping Individuals Regain Employment Act (HIRE Act), a bill that would provide an incentive for employers to hire long-term unemployed Americans by permanently exempting those employees from the government-mandated ObamaCare employee count.

“The HIRE Act is a win-win for employers and long-term unemployed Americans who continue to feel the pain from ObamaCare and six years of President Obama’s failed economic policies,” said Thune. “Congress should be doing all it can to enact policies that help unemployed Americans find good-paying jobs, and ObamaCare shouldn’t stand in the way.”

Under ObamaCare, any business with 100 or more full-time employees must provide government-approved insurance or pay a fine in 2015. Beginning in 2016, any business with 50 or more full-time employees must comply with the mandate.

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there are 9.1 million unemployed Americans, of which 2.8 million have been unemployed for 27 or more weeks. While the official unemployment rate is 5.8 percent, the “real” unemployment rate, which considers the number of people who have stopped looking for work, is 11.4 percent.

The HIRE Act was originally included in Thune’s “Good Jobs, Good Wages, Good Hours Act,” which he introduced last year as an alternative to the unemployment insurance extension bill.


6 thoughts on “Press Release: Thune Bill Provides Incentive to Hire Long-Term Unemployed Americans”

  1. Starting right NOW Obama is going to concentrate on the economy, and he won’t rest until it’s taken care of. He reminds me of that Seinfeld scene where Kramer decides he’s not going to talk anymore and keeps saying, “Okay, starting NOW!”, but then something happens and he has to say it again.

    Obama doesn’t know how to stimulate the economy beyond printing more money and trying to increase tax revenues by taxing the evil rich and corporations so that HE, the almighty, can decide how to use the money.

    Obama’s thought is that if he didn’t think of it then it must not be a good idea.

  2. Saves the business money but the employee has no insurance. Looks like another way to benefit business at the expense of the employee.

  3. Wow Obamas policies. lets see who was the president you supported and voted for the trillion dollar bail out and you were going to hold those people accountable.How many went to jail John Thune.Look at your self before you blame others.Only in this state would you get elected.

  4. What’s up,

    Are you bidding to get the Howie/Hubbel award for blabber today? That appears to have popped out of you with a lot of anger. Take a chill pill.

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