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    Friday, January 19 marks the key date in the fight to save our pensions. Congress plans to vote on a budget spending bill, and the pension protection movement is lobbying to get the Butch Lewis Act attached to that legislation. This gives us a chance to achieve the goal of securing retirement security for Teamsters and other workers.

    The National United Committee to Protect Pensions (NUCPP) is calling on all active and retired Teamsters to call both local and national Congressional offices. Get family and friends to do the same. Press these legislators and their staffs to support the Butch Lewis Act.

    Any pension rights supporter can call House majority leader Paul Ryan’s office in Washington: 202-225-0600.

    Last week, two Republican Congressman – Peter King (R-NY) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) - signed on in support of the bill. Other Republicans have sent letters to House and Senate leadership asking them to address the pension issue. Momentum continues to build and we need to keep the pressure on.
    Save Our Pensions = Call Congress - Teamsters for a Democratic Union
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    Got a letter yesterday from my local.. Going to send three e-mails and make a bunch of phone calls..
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    I guess this will be a sign that the politicians ( no matter the side ) will stand and work for the middle class.

    Considering all the co-sponsors are Democrats, I don't expect the bill to move forward.
    https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-...147/cosponsors

    So I ask all those who are affected by pension issues and under funding of those pensions ...
    What have the republicans done for you lately ?
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    Three e-mails sent and three phone calls,one live to a staffer for Rep Marino and two voice messages left to my senators..

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    This a copy of a email I received from TDU about the Butch/Lewis act...


    (Teamsters for a Democratic Union is sharing this important message from Sherman Liimatainen, Vice President of the National United Committee to Protect Pensions)

    Dear Sister and Brother Retirees,

    Please read this entire email as there is important information throughout, including a new Economic Impact Study to give your legislators.

    As you know, Friday night, the 19th, the Senate failed to pass the spending bill, causing a government shutdown. Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell put the spending bill forward. It was mostly Republicans voting in favor and Democrats voting against.

    Below is a link to the summary of what was included in the spending bill. In short, it would have extended the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years, would have had a moratorium on some Obamacare taxes, and would have included missile defense and some other small items.

    It didn't include anything about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or the Pension Rehabilitation Act (PRA), also known as the Butch Lewis Act.

    Summary of Failed Spending Bill

    It's important to know Minority Senate Leader, Chuck Schumer, met with President Trump before the vote and President Trump agreed to have the Butch Lewis Act in the bill. Senate Democrats proposed an alternate funding bill that would include the Butch Lewis Act, however it was not going to get a vote. Mitch McConnell gets to decide what's included and not included in a proposal and he was not inclined to include DACA and the Butch Lewis Act.

    Monday, the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) exactly the same as the above failed spending bill. The CR ended the shutdown by extending government spending through February 8th.

    To get Democrats to vote for the CR, Mitch McConnell promised DACA and the Butch Lewis Act would be discussed by the Senate during the weeks leading up to February 8.

    The Butch Lewis Act will be part of the negotiations with Mitch McConnell, and not with President Trump this time.

    Hopefully, both sides of the aisle will find a way to resolve the impasse and the Butch Lewis Act will be included in the spending bill.

    It's extremely important that we move forward and stay focused on the mission at hand. We remain confident that Senator Schumer will continue to work on getting the Butch Lewis Act passed.

    Although the information given here can be discouraging, it can be seen as neither negative nor positive as it allows for discussion.

    We encourage you to contact your Senators and Representatives at their local offices now and over the next two weeks leading up to the 8th. Ask them for appointments or invite them to attend your meetings. If you can't get an appointment, keep calling to ask them to support the Butch Lewis Act. S. 2149 and H.R. 4444. Let them know the solution will only become more expensive with time. Be sure to tell your personal stories, as this is very helpful.

    At this time, we do not need any calls outside of the states or districts in which you vote. Please keep your lobbying to your respective States and Districts.

    Find Your Representative

    Below is an important new Economic Impact Study to give to your legislators. It's for the entire multiemployer system.

    The data is from a study by the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS) which used DOL Form 5000 data.

    A few high-level impacts are of note. In 2015, the multiemployer system provided $2.2 trillion in economic activity to the U.S. economy, generated $158 billion in federal taxes, $82 billion in state and local taxes, supported 13.6 million American jobs, and contributed more than $1 trillion to U.S. GDP. The single year data is important, but for the U.S. Government, the 10-year data that comprises the federal budget window is even more critical. Most of the 10-year data is roughly 10.46 times the 2015 data.

    This analysis proves that the stakes are enormous for the U.S. economy and all levels of government.

    New Economic Impact Study

    Two Page Summary of New Economic Impact Study

    New Economic Impact Study

    Two Page Summary of New Economic Impact Study

    NUCPP, its Chapters and individual members have been aggressively lobbying for the Butch Lewis Act. You can be sure all work done in D.C. and your efforts at home have established a solid base and generated support in bringing the Butch Lewis Act to law.

    Please don't expect to hear anything much about the (PRA) Butch Lewis Act until DACA is negotiated. We will keep you up-to-date as events unfold.

    Please share this on Facebook and everywhere.

    In solidarity,

    Sherman Liimatainen
    Vice President
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    Did hear back from one of my senators and he is supporting the bill.. Haven't heard back from Sen Toomey yet but he seems to use the US postal service..

    Thank you for taking the time to contact me with your thoughts and concerns about pensions. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.



    Over the last few decades, traditional employer-sponsored pension plans, known as defined benefit plans, have been on the decline. In 1980, 38 percent of private-sector workers were covered by defined benefit plans; by 2017, that number shrank to 15 percent of the private-sector workforce. The decline of coverage by defined benefit plans has trended with the overall decline of union representation. In 1983, 16.8 percent of the private-sector workforce belonged to a union. In 2016, that share was 6.4 percent. This decline in defined benefit plans has left millions of retired workers facing severe financial challenges. I believe a healthy pension system provides workers with an earned safety net for retirement and should be fostered. To accomplish this goal, efforts should be made to reinvigorate our pension system so that proper saving for retirement is shared by workers and their employers.



    The economic recession of 2008 severely impacted the funding status of defined benefit plans. While Wall Street has more than recovered from the financial crisis, our pensions have not. That is why I am a cosponsor of S. 2147, the Butch Lewis Act, which was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio on November 16, 2017. The Butch Lewis Act would ensure that pension plans at risk of insolvency are able to meet their commitments to current and future retirees without cutting earned benefits. The Act achieves this by creating the Pension Rehabilitation Administration (PRA), a new agency under the Treasury Department that would lend financially-troubled multiemployer pension plans the funds they need to remain solvent. The funds for these low-interest, 30-year loans would come from federally-guaranteed bonds. To ensure that pension plans can repay the loans, plans would be prohibited from making risky investments with borrowed funds, and would be required to submit reports every three years to demonstrate that they are on track to regain solvency.



    As a member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and the Senate Committee on Finance, which share jurisdiction over the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), I am committed to ensuring that any pension reforms are implemented in a way that is fair and transparent and that protects the basic rights of plan participants. Please be assured that as the Finance and HELP Committees consider legislation affecting pension plans, I will keep your views in mind.



    Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.



    For more information on this or other issues, I encourage you to visit my website, http://casey.senate.gov. I hope you will find this online office a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.



    Sincerely,

    Bob Casey

    United States Senator
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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.

    It has been a very busy first few weeks of the year in Washington, and there is much more to come! I’d like to invite you for coffee to discuss what’s been happening in D.C. and what I can do in Congress to help you and your family.
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2631 View Post
    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.
    I plan on calling senator Toomey's office again today along with sending another e-mail.. Also will call and E-mail my congressman Tom Marino..
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    Well this didn't take long. I guess that it's computer generated. I look forward to his detailed response.

    Thank you for contacting me
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    Rep. Tom Rice






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    Thank you for taking time out of your day to contact me. It is an honor and privilege to serve you, your family, and South Carolina’s Seventh district. I look forward to reading your message and providing you with a detailed response as soon as possible.

    Rest assured that as my colleagues and I continue our work in the U.S. House of Representatives, my top priority remains job creation and economic growth. I will continue to work hard to bring more opportunities to our area and increase economic competitiveness in our district and nation.

    In the meantime, please use the links below to visit my website, Facebook page, and subscribe to my E-newsletter to view updates on what I am doing in the Seventh District and Washington, D.C. to better our community.
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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.

    Thank you for contacting me regarding pensions. I support pension solvency, while recognizing that other self-directed accounts like 401(k)s have become increasingly popular and should be thought of as an alternative to traditional pensions. While private employers have largely moved away from pension plans to these self-directed retirement accounts, public sector employees still rely on traditional pensions for their retirement. As the Senate considers this issue, I will keep your comments in mind.

    As your United States Senator, my primary job is to understand and represent the interests of all South Carolinians. The opportunity to hear from you about the issues confronting our nation is not only essential to representative democracy, but allows me to better serve the people of South Carolina. We will not see eye-to-eye on every issue; however, I promise to always give your concerns the consideration they deserve.

    I encourage you to visit my website — http://lgraham.senate.gov — as it will have information on the most recent activities before the U.S. Senate. You can also sign up for our e-mail newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages which will provide the latest information and updates on the major issues facing our state and our nation.

    Thank you again for contacting me. I truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from you and am honored to have the opportunity to represent your interests in the U.S. Senate.

    Sincerely,

    Lindsey O. Graham
    United States Senator
    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

 

 
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