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House Passes Diverse Package of Solutions for American Workers

Includes Legislation to Promote Active Management of Federal Forests and Furthers Goals of Alaska Timber Task Force

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Washington, D.C., September 18, 2014 | comments

Washington, D.C. – In an effort to grow local economies and restore opportunity for the American people, the House of Representatives and Alaskan Congressman Don Young today passed a broad package of bills – H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act – aimed at providing relief for business owners, lowering taxes, slowing the growth of federal regulation, and restoring healthy forest management and economic activity. H.R. 4, which includes critical language for the Alaska timber industry and rural communities across Southeast, passed the House by a margin of 263 to 163.

 “This package represents a determined effort by House Republicans to boost the economy and help more Americans find jobs,” Congressman Young said. “By restoring the 40 hour work week as the definition of a full-time worker employment under the Affordable Care Act, we will save some businesses from the crushing threat of penalties.  By permanently banning or repealing certain taxes, we will let hardworking American households keep more of their paycheck and choose how they spend. By slowing down and streamlining the relentless avalanche of government regulation, we will remind federal agencies that they work to serve us, not the other way around.”

 “Unfortunately, the problems these individual bills would solve still exist because they have all died in the Senate where the majority seemingly opposes lowering taxes and shielding Americans from the ill-effects of the federal takeover of healthcare,” said Congressman Young. “The President continues to spew rhetoric condemning a do-nothing Congress; however, the House has consistently made efforts to pass legislation to create new jobs, improve the economy, and let Alaskans keep more of their hard earned paychecks. Employers and employees need this type of help because running a business is growing harder and harder every day thanks to a bloated federal government that has never met a business practice it didn’t want to regulate.”

 Of particular Alaskan interest, the package of 15 bills includes H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, legislation consistent with recommendations from Governor Parnell’s Alaska Timber Task Force to allow for the management of millions of acres of federal forest under state law for the purpose of creating economic development and funding our schools and boroughs.

 “Down 80% over the last 30 years, timber harvests in our federally managed forests are quickly dwindling,” said Congressman Don Young. “These numbers affect Southeast Alaska more than any other region in the nation and compound the need for diminishing Secure Rural Schools funding, which creates uncertainty and hardships for our local communities and schools. I am proud that H.R. 1526 was included in today’s diverse package of solutions and look forward to putting Americans back to work and allowing communities to take their futures into their own hands.”

Fourteen of the individual bills included in H.R. 4 have previously passed the House in the 113th Congress.  For a full list of provisions included in this package, click here.

Provisions of particular interest:

  • H.R. 2575: Save American Workers Act of 2014, legislation to change the definition of full-time employees under the ACA by restoring the 40 hour per week standard.
  • H.R. 3474: Hire More Heroes Act of 2014, legislation to allow employers to exempt employees with health coverage under TRICARE or the Veterans Administration from falling under the employer mandate under the ACA.
  • H.R. 4438: American Research and Competitiveness Act of 2014, legislation to establish a permanent simplified formula for calculating the research tax credit.
  • H.R. 4457: America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2014, legislation to the IRS code to permanently extend increased expensing limitations.
  • H.R. 523: legislation to repeal the excise tax on medical devices.
  • H.R. 367: Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2013, legislation to require congressional approval for major federal regulation.
  • H.R. 3086: Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, legislation to permanently ban Internet access taxes.
  • H.R. 761, National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2013, legislation to streamline the permitting process for critical material mining. 

 

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