Westerman's First Co-Sponsored Legislation Passes House; Supports Veterans, Small Business Owners
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) issued the following statement on H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act, Westerman's first co-sponsored piece of legislation to pass the U.S. House of Representatives:
"I am proud to have cast my first legislative vote for a measure that puts America's veterans back to work and encourages business owners to hire true American heroes. This bill reduces the hassles imposed on business owners by Obamacare's burdensome mandates and provides jobs and continued healthcare for veterans."
The bill, which originally passed the 113th Congress last year by a vote of 406-1, would allow employers who hire veterans receiving medical care through the Veterans Administration to be exempted from counting the employed veteran toward the employer mandate in Obamacare. The mandate requires employers provide healthcare coverage under Obamacare once reaching 50 full-time employees, regardless of whether veterans receive healthcare through the VA.
About Rep. Bruce Westerman
A lifelong resident of Garland County, Congressman Bruce Westerman was elected the 20th representative of Arkansas's Fourth Congressional District in 2014. In the 114th Congress, he will serve on the Committee on Natural Resources, the Committee on the Budget, and the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
Elected twice to serve in the Arkansas General Assembly, Westerman was Arkansas's first Republican House Majority Leader since Reconstruction, and an architect of the House Republican SIMPLE Plan which led to the 2013 Republican takeover of the Arkansas House of Representatives.
An engineer and forester for 22 years at Mid-South Engineering in Hot Springs, Westerman is a registered professional engineer and forester in. He holds a Master of Forestry degree (2001) from Yale University. In 2013, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Arkansas Society of Professional of Engineers.
Westerman graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from the University of Arkansas in 1990. While at Arkansas, Westerman was a four-year walk-on member of the Razorback Football Team. He received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012.
Westerman is a former board member of the Fountain Lake School District and is a deacon at Walnut Valley Baptist Church. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife Sharon and their four children.Westerman is a former board member of the Fountain Lake School District and is a deacon at Walnut Valley Baptist Church. He lives in Hot Springs with his wife Sharon and their four children.
For more information on Rep. Bruce Westerman, please visit https://westerman.house.gov and follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/RepWesterman and Facebook at https://facebook.com/RepWesterman.