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40-hour workweek bill passes U.S. House, would face veto

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Eighteen U.S. House Democrats sided with Republicans on Thursday on a 248-179 vote approving a bill that would change the Obamacare definition of full-time work from 30 to 40 hours a week, but the White House has promised to veto it.

“This legislation would weaken a provision of the Affordable Care Act that keeps employers from dropping health insurance coverage and shifting the costs to taxpayers. According to the Congressional Budget Office, it would increase the budget deficit by $73.7 billion over the 2015 to 2024 period,” says a statement from President Obama’s executive office. “Moreover, the proposed change would reduce the number of people receiving employer-based coverage by about one million, while increasing the number of uninsured.”

No Republicans voted against HR 2575, dubbed the “Save American Workers Act of 2014,” which was introduced by Indiana Republican Rep. Todd Young in June 2013.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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