The House will vote on legislation in the new Congress to incentivize businesses to hire more veterans by excluding them from the healthcare law's employer mandate.

Under the bill, H.R. 3474, titled the "Hire More Heroes Act," employers could exclude veterans who receive health coverage through the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs from their lists of workers in order to avoid Obamacare's employer mandate. Under the healthcare law's requirement set to go into effect in 2015, employers with 50 or more full-time workers must provide health insurance.


The House passed the measure in March by a vote of 406-1, but it stalled in the Senate. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyHouse rejects GOP measure to pay workers but not open government McCarthy, allies retaliate against Freedom Caucus leader Rand Paul suggests holding State of the Union in Senate MORE (R-Calif.) said the bill would come up again when the 114th Congress convenes in January.

"Come January, at the beginning of the new Congress, the House will pass the Hire More Heroes Act again, sending it back to the Senate so that it can finally reach the President’s desk," McCarthy wrote in a blog post.

McCarthy noted that the veterans who receive health coverage through the Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs through programs like TRICARE already satisfy the healthcare law's requirement of having insurance, making it unnecessary that their new employers provide coverage for them.

"The Hire More Heroes Act, introduced by Representative Rodney DavisRodney Lee DavisOn The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Leaders nix recess with no shutdown deal in sight GOP lawmaker jokes: I'm hoping for McDonald's leftovers at White House meeting MORE [R-Ill.], makes sure no employers are penalized for hiring a veteran and that no veteran is left jobless because of Obamacare’s employer mandate," McCarthy wrote.