Washington, D.C.—Today, Congressman Mike Bost (R-IL) joined with his House colleagues in voting for The American Workers Act (H.R. 30) which restores the 40-hour workweek re-defined by Obamacare.

“I cosponsored and voted for this bill after Obama’s health care law put 10 million workers at risk of having their work hours reduced so that employers could avoid mandates in Obamacare,” said Rep. Mike Bost.  “I thought of the conversation I had in O’Fallon this summer with a waitress who was working three jobs in order to support her grandchild, due to the fact her employers couldn’t give her any more hours because of Obamacare mandates.”

“Today, we protected hard-working men and women in Southern Illinois who are still having trouble making ends meet,” added Bost.  “When I travel my district and talk to constituents, I hear about the impact of this poorly designed health care law.  We need to be working with the American people, not against them.”

The American Workers Act (H.R. 30) repeals the 30-hour worker definition as a full-time employee as a result of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and replaces it with 40 hours.

Economists at UC-Berkley estimate that workers in industries with high percentages of employees working slightly over 30 hours per week are extremely vulnerable to a reduction in work hours because of the employer mandate in Obamacare.