Pick Your Community: | Hopkins | Muhlenberg | Daviess | Christian | Fayette | Henderson | Lakes | McCracken | Warren | Webster

Whitfield Cosponsors the 'Protecting Volunteers Firefighters Act of 2013'

vol fire fighter 300WASHINGTON, D.C. (12/16/13) — U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, (KY-01), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, today released the following statement regarding his co-sponsorship of the "Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act" (H.R. 3685); a bill that would specifically exempt volunteer firefighters and volunteers providing emergency medical services from the Employer Mandate Provision of Obamacare.

"It turns out that former Speaker Nancy Pelosi was right when she said that we needed to pass Obamacare to find out what's in it. Each and every day it seems like we hear of another job destroying consequence of the ill-conceived Obamacare law. This debacle is a prime example of what happens when you have a bill drafted behind closed doors and rammed through Congress with no opportunity for amendment.

"Our brave firefighters and emergency service volunteers have more important things to worry about than whether or not Obamacare is going to affect their ability to serve the community. I have voted over 40 times to repeal or defund this unworkable health care law and will continue to do what I can to mitigate its harmful effects. It's clear, however, that President Obama doesn't have a solution to this problem even though he's had no issues in the past ignoring the law or granting waivers to his political allies. So, to correct this injustice, I co-sponsored the Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act."

The Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act was introduced by Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA-11) after concerns were raised by volunteer fire departments that since the Internal Revenue Service currently views volunteer firefighters as employees, fire companies and municipalities would be forced to provide health insurance or pay a fine, potentially saddling them with unbearable financial burdens and threatening public safety. The legislative text for H.R. 3685 can be found by Clicking Here.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Congressman Ed Whitfield

© Copyright 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story by using one of the social media links below.

3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only

Stock Report

1 DOW 16,982.59
+22.02 (0.13%)    
2 S&P 1,978.91
+0.57 (0.03%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,444.91
-4.65 (-0.10%)    
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only

In Other News...

Cadiz Drug Arrest

CADIZ, Ky. (7/28/14) — On July 17, Cadiz Police received a complaint that an employee of Sonic Drive-In had sold… Read More

Burglary Arrest

CADIZ, Ky. (7/28/14) — Cadiz Police received a complaint of a person trying to sell people a riding lawn mower on Mary… Read More
3/12 - 718 switched from reg 2 to hopkins only

Most Read This Week (Site-Wide)

July 24, 2014 4043

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 2885

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 28, 2014 2370

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 25, 2014 2239

No One Injured in Truck-Train Collision

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 28, 2014 2011

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department

Most Read Stories from Hopkins County

July 24, 2014 2885

Madisonville Man Charged for Drugs,…

in Top Stories by Trooper Stu Recke
July 28, 2014 2370

Madisonville Woman Arrested for Being a…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 25, 2014 2239

No One Injured in Truck-Train Collision

in Top Stories by Ami Clayton, SurfKY News
July 28, 2014 2011

Madisonville Man Arrested for Endangering…

in Top Stories by Madisonville Police Department
July 25, 2014 1469

Vehicle Strikes Lawn Mower Driven on…

in Top Stories by Dep. Mike Evans

Most Read Stories from Owensboro

July 24, 2014 1424

US 231 Ohio River 'William Natcher'…

in News by Keith Todd
July 24, 2014 1142

Maintenance Scheduled at Fisher Park and…

in News by Brittni Bunn
July 24, 2014 983

Portion of Spring Bank Drive Closed…

in News by Sherry Girten
July 28, 2014 765

Zuberer Takes Over at Quarterback for…

in News by Steve LeMaster
July 28, 2014 698

Dont Miss Out on a Howl of a Good Time

in News by Brittni Bunn

Most Read Stories from Muhlenberg County

July 24, 2014 4043

Powderly Man Injured in Apparent Gun…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1881

Muhlenberg to Have State's Only Honey…

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 1444

Business Spotlight - McQuady's Automotive

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 24, 2014 1406

Marching Mustangs Band Camp Underway

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
July 25, 2014 1264

Business Spotlight - Blue Moon Car Wash

in Top Stories by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News

SurfKY News Group, Inc. Central Office & Printing Division
1125 Nebo Rd.  •  Madisonville, KY 42431  •  270.452.2249 (fax)
Main Number: 270.452.2727 (phone)  •  Printing Division Direct Line: 270.821.8600 (phone)

SurfKY Owensboro News Bureau
920 Frederica St. / Suite 210  •  Owensboro, KY 42301  •  270.683-8060 (phone)


Contact a member of our staff: www.surfky.com/contact
Copyright © 2014 SurfKY News Group, Inc.  •  Terms of Use  •  Site Map

social 06social 21social 22social 04social 03