Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Votes to Restore the 40-HR Work Week

January 8, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC –Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) voted today in support of H.R. 30, the Save American Workers (SAW) Act, a bipartisan bill that would repeal Obamacare’s reduction of the definition of full-time employment from 40 to 30 hours. Rep. Olson helped draft this legislation along with Reps. Todd Young (IN-9), Dan Lipinski (IL-3), Mike Kelly (PA-3) and Tim Walberg (MI-7). The bill passed the House by a vote of 252 to 172.

“Obamacare has been a train wreck for businesses and part-time employees. Reducing the definition of full-time employment to try to force more companies to participate in the new law has subsequently forced employers to reduce hours for part-time employees. This action hurts the pocketbooks of struggling families, single parents and young Americans who need to work. H.R. 30 restores the traditional 40 hour work week. I'm proud to have helped draft this bill to help employees and employers across the nation.”

According to the Hoover Institution, Obamacare’s 30-hour mandate puts 2.6 million Americans at risk of losing their job and having their hours cut. In addition, it could slash wages by 25 percent. Women are disproportionately affected, 65 percent of those most at risk of losing hours at work are female.  


Media Contact: Melissa Kelly