Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, argued Saturday for a change in the new health care law to change the definition of a full time worker.
Collins, the most moderate of Republican senators, noted her family's business background.
In the Republican Saturday address, she noted that "recently, labor leaders, led by Teamsters President James Hoffa, warned that Obamacare will – and I quote – destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.''
She continued: "They are right to be worried: In the past, most new jobs were full-time. But, this year, the overwhelming majority of new jobs are part-time."
Here's more of her address:
“Under this troubling trend, more workers will find their hours and their earnings reduced. Jobs will be lost. This is especially disturbing as our country is still battling high unemployment.
“A study published by the Labor Center at the University of California, Berkeley, underscores the danger. That study found that 10 million American workers are vulnerable to having their hours cut as a direct result of Obamacare. 10 million workers! And the most vulnerable are lower-income employees.
“In an effort to protect these millions of workers, I’ve introduced a bipartisan bill called the “Forty Hours is Full Time Act.” My bill would change the definition of “full-time employee” in Obamacare from 30 hours a week to 40 hours a week. A 40-hour work week is full-time; we all know that. This bill is just common sense.
“Now, the Obama Administration has announced that it is delaying enforcement of the employer mandate until 2015. But, the fact is, the law remains in place and continues to discourage new jobs and full-time work.
“Of course, fixing this one flaw won’t solve the countless problems caused by Obamacare. But it would help ensure that millions of American workers do not have their hours, and their paychecks, reduced.
"Small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy. The last thing we need is yet another obstacle to helping them grow and create much-needed jobs.”
To download the address: http://www.republican.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=weekly