Congresswoman Carol Shea-Portal’s Military Spouse Hiring Act Would Expand WOTC Target Groups

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It’s called the Military Spouse Hiring Act (H.R.2318). If passed, military spouses would become the newest Target Group for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Portal (D, NH) introduced this simple proposal to the House Committee on Ways and Means on May 3 of this year.

When I stumbled across this bill today, I felt embarrassed at first. How could I have overlooked it?  Then I dug a little deeper.

For a bill with 28 bipartisan co-sponsors, it received surprisingly little media coverage. Try a Google search using the bill’s title.  I just did.

There is not a single main-stream media source within the entire first two pages of results. Everything is either government or military oriented — good sources for their unique constituents but most people aren’t tuned in there.

Nothing new has happened in the Congressional record since May, when it was referred to committee.

I’ll continue to monitor this and will keep you informed.

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