Davis Delivers GOP Weekly Address

Rodney Davis

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), representing Illinois' 13th Congressional District.

Illinois Congressman Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) delivered his party's weekly address to the nation on Saturday. 

In a talk recorded in Springfield, Davis discussed priorities of the new congressional session that begins next week. The priorities include the Hire More Heroes Act --- sponsored by Davis --- that encourages small businesses to hire more veterans. 

“What this bill does”, said Davis, “it makes a commonsense change to the president’s health care law that will encourage small businesses to hire more of our nation’s veterans.”

Davis said that the bill addresses what he called “one of many” problems with the Affordable Care Act, “that because of its costs and mandates, small businesses face higher costs and have to hold off on hiring.”

The Hire More Heroes Act would exempt veterans already receiving healthcare through Defense Dept. or VA programs from being counted toward employee limits under the health acre law.

Davis’ measure passed the U-S House overwhelmingly last March, but was never considered by the Democratic-controlled Senate. But the congressman’s office says that with Republicans holding majorities in both chambers of the new Congress, the Hire More Heroes Act will be a legislative priority.

Davis opened his message by saying he's honored to deliver the first Republican address of the new year from the home and resting place of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. 

He says that the new congressional session comes with ``another opportunity to govern on behalf of the American people and advance solutions that promote growth and job creation.'' 

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