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    I also e-mailed my 2 republican senators this morning. Here is the reply I've already gotten from Lindsey Graham this afternoon.



    Reading between the lines I get the feeling that the senator and I won't see eye to eye on S 2147 the Butch Lewis pension act issue
    He is more worried about getting the DACA illegals taken care of.. Your already here,a citizen and already pay taxes.. Your no longer on his watch list..

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    I just sent off an e-mail to my congressman Tom Rice. I explained our position and asked why 130 democrats and only 2 republicans have cosponsored the bill. He is scheduled to have a coffee type meet and greet in town tomorrow at a local restaurant. I plan on being there and hope to get in. But I fear that the place will be pre-loaded with republicans.



    If I do get to ask about HR 4444 I'll probably get lip service or heckled by his republican base. Republicans are a heartless bunch.
    just got back from having coffee with republican congressman Tom Rice. It went well with more democrats than republicans in attendance. The questions were mainly about the Dreamers, and illegal immigration. I asked about the revenue neutral Butch Lewis Act HR 4444 that's now in his Ways and Means committee. He said he didn't know anything about the bill but would look into it. I asked for his bipartisan support since the bill has 130 democrat cosponsors and only 2 republican. His aide took my information and promised to get back to me. We shall see.

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    Just got off phone yet again with a congressional staffer for my congressman Tom Marino.. When asking about the Butch/Lewis act he was dumbfounded,not a clue.. Although he does know about it now I wonder if he will remember in the morning..

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    Just got off phone yet again with a congressional staffer for my congressman Tom Marino.. When asking about the Butch/Lewis act he was dumbfounded,not a clue.. Although he does know about it now I wonder if he will remember in the morning..
    Typical answer from another republican. I'm still waiting for my republican senators and congressman to get back to me on the Butch Lewis legislation. How can 144 members of congress co-sponsor something and these guys not have even heard of it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    Typical answer from another republican. I'm still waiting for my republican senators and congressman to get back to me on the Butch Lewis legislation. How can 144 members of congress co-sponsor something and these guys not have even heard of it?
    Kinda Like if you own a business as in business it is all about location. Seems in pliitics it is all about who you know.

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    I'm really getting annoyed with the lack of any response from my republican congressional representatives. Here is my latest attempt at getting my rep. Tom Rice's position on the Butch Lewis Act. I emailed it to his aide who promised to get back to me 12 days ago.

    I spoke with you at Tom's coffee in Myrtle Beach last month about the Butch Lewis Act. I asked him about it and he said he wasn't aware of it. You said you would get back to me about Tom's position on the proposed bill. HR 4444 has 132 co-sponsors but only 2 of them are republicans. Failing pensions are a big problem and I would like to see more bipartisan support for this bill. I realize Tom is very busy but I would appreciate a response from his office on this issue that is very important to me. I worked toward my pension for 41 years. I have been notified that it will run out of money in 2 years unless something in congress is done. We are not looking for a taxpayer bail out. It is my understanding the HR 4444 is a revenue neutral bill.

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    Here's a quote from congressman Pete King who is 1 of only 2 republicans who have co-sponsored the Butch Lewis Act.

    King also called on Congress to move on Butch Lewis.

    “Protecting retirees who worked hard for their pensions should not be a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats should work together to allow workers to live their retirement years in dignity,” the Long Island Republican said. “It’s time to get started.
    Lawmakers pushing legislation to save union pension funds - NY Daily News

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    Here's a quote from congressman Pete King who is 1 of only 2 republicans who have co-sponsored the Butch Lewis Act.



    Lawmakers pushing legislation to save union pension funds - NY Daily News
    I thought there were about five Republicans that have signed on. I know there is at least one here in PA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazy View Post
    I thought there were about five Republicans that have signed on. I know there is at least one here in PA.
    Yes you are right the count is now 142 including 6 republicans. It is encouraging but we need much more bipartisan support

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    This is from a Facebook post..

    Congress could create special panel to address union pensions | cleveland.com

    WASHINGTON -- A Senate budget deal announced Wednesday calls for creation of a congressional panel to find ways to keep more than 1 million union retirees and workers from losing big parts of their pensions.

    This falls short of hopes by Teamsters and Ironworkers pushing for the Butch Lewis Act, a proposal by Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio. The act is named for a Cincinnati-area retiree and Purple Heart, Vietnam War veteran who died of a stroke after learning his pension plan might make dramatic cuts. The act called for the issuance of government bonds that could provide a financial cushion to union pension plans as they recovered financially and, Brown said, repaid the government.

    But the Butch Lewis Act was unlikely to gain much Republican support because of cost estimates and the bill's proposal to create a new agency to issue the bonds. Republicans don't like the idea of an expanded government, and some said they don't want more federal bailouts. The Congressional Budget Office did not issue a cost estimate but Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's budget director, recently said he thought the plan by Brown and other Democrats could cost $60 billion. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget said the cost could exceed $100 billion.
    We have to continue to call,pester them until they give an answer..

 

 
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