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    Default Re: Pension relief in the budget reconciliation process

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    It appears that they are not listening to the polls. I hope the voters remember this in 2022.


    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...0Lz?li=BBnb7Kz
    Well there are many thing in the package that are not Covid related.. I believe though that the case for the pension fix can be connected to covid.. Many believe that the excessive amount of money going to some of the states is nothing more than political reward.. Now you have to remember that this $1.9 trillion dollar bill has already passed the Senate on a party line vote.. It went to the house to get the house version.. They vote tomorrow and send it back to the senate.. Now remember as the people will that there were many republicans that were on board when Trumps administration proposed up to a $2 trillion package that the Dems rejected..

    Most politicians do not listen to the people who elect them..

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    Post # 5511 NUCPP DAY #4 PHONE BLITZ 02/25/21 PLEASE SHARE
    PENSION WARRIORS!
    Remember-ALL IN AND DONE IN 21! Call your fellow retirees, family and friends!
    THE BLEPPRA GOES TO THE HOUSE FLOOR TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FOR A VOTE!
    TODAY we again need you to call your Senators. They need to be reading the BLEPPRA NOW!
    Attached is a list of all of the Senators, including their direct Washington phone number plus their legislative aide’s name and email information. Use this information to ask specifically for their legislative aide in hopes that you will be able to speak to them directly. Or if you need to leave a message, leave a message for the Senator and the legislative aide. We need to make an impact on their day! FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO POST THIS ON FACEBOOK, IT MAY NOT SHOW UP BUT THERE ARE STILL THE OTHER NUMBERS TO CALL.
    For today, focus on calling ONLY YOUR SENATORS.
    CALL ALL OF THESE NUMBERS EVERY DAY!
    Your specific Senator and legislative at the number listed on the attached sheet
    833-738-0064, your zip code will take you to your Senator.
    Contact the Capitol Hotline switchboard to be transferred to your Senator 202-224-3121. If we are doing our job, this number should blow up!
    NUCPP Message: The Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Protection Relief Act (BLEPPRA) must be included in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (or you can say in the Covid Relief bill).
    Question: Has your Senator read the Bill? If not, tell them you will be calling back tomorrow to find out if they read it. Once they’ve read it, will they support it?
    NUCPP REASONS WE NEED TO BE IN THE RELIEF BILL: (you can use a different reason each day when you call or you can give your own reason)
    Retirees’ pension is their paycheck. Retirees are parents and grandparents, church and community supporters and volunteers. Even prior to the economic pandemic, parents/grandparents helped their children and grandchildren, they supported their churches and nonprofits and volunteered their time. Since COVID-19, many parents/grandparents have helped to provide for their families who are in economic distress. If we lose our pensions or take a reduction, we will not be able to help anyone and instead will have to rely on public assistance!
    Retirees are not asking for a bailout. We are only asking for 100% of what we worked for and paid into by giving up pay raises, vacations and other benefits.
    10.1 Million Americans are in multiemployer pension plans. 1.3 million participants are in critical and declining plans. Please see specific information for certain states. If the Central States Pension Fund (CSPF) fails, it will eliminate 55,000 jobs across the US, the GDP will drop $5 billion by 2025 and there will be a decline in federal tax revenue of $1.2 billion. (Information provided by the Retirement Security Coalition)
    IF YOU ARE FROM THE FOLLOWING STATES, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO USE THIS INFORMATION FROM THE NUCPP:
    ARIZONA - In addition to other multiemployer pension participants, there are 2,000 Central States Pension Fund participants in the state and 18 CSPF employers. Annual benefits paid to pension beneficiaries in AZ $19,142,883 - annual in-state federal taxes paid $1,345,960- current pensions at risk in AZ $240,949,668. This does not include all of the snow-birds that winter in AZ and spend their pensions on the AZ economy. IOWA- 79,625 multiemployer pension participants in Iowa, including 9,000 in the Central States Pension Fund. Iowa will lose 1,200 jobs and $91.3 million in GDP if Central States folds, which is expected in 2025. Numerous plans in Iowa are already expected to fail in the next 5 years.
    KENTUCKY - 113,449 multiemployer pension participants in Kentucky, including 13,000 in the Central States Pension Fund.
    MICHIGAN - 440,406 multiemployer pension participants in Michigan, including 40,000 in the Central States Pension Fund. Michigan plans are already facing cuts, including the International Association of Machinists Motor City
    MINNESOTA - 278,337 multiemployer pension participants in Minnesota, including 20,000 in the Central States Pension Fund.
    MISSOURI - 176,867 multiemployer pension participants in Missouri, including 30,000 in the Central States Pension Fund.
    NEW JERSEY - 413,629 multiemployer pension participants in New Jersey.
    Over $55 million in at-risk retirement income. Home to the Mid-Jersey Trucking Industry and Local 701 Pension Fund, which has already reduced benefits by an average of 36%
    NEW YORK - 1,319,104 multiemployer pension participants in , including thousands in plans that are already failing. 4,600 members of Road Carriers Local 707 took an average benefit reduction of 57%, leaving some workers with as little as $570 per month. In addition, The NY State Teamsters Conference with 34,639 participants and Teamsters Local 805 with 2,065 participants have already taken cuts.
    OHIO- 450,271 multiemployer pension participants in Ohio, including 42,643 in the Central States Pension Fund. Around 6,000 jobs are expected to be cut and $503.3 million decline in Ohio GDP if CSPF folds. The Iron Workers Local 17, Toledo Roofers Local 134 and Southwest Carpenters have already faced cuts of 14%-26%.
    PENNSYLVANIA - 493,959 multiemployer pension participants in Pennsylvania, including more than 1,000 in the Central States Pension Fund. Several plans have already faced an approximate cut of 1/3. 21 employers in PA have employees and retirees in CSPF.
    TENNESSEE - 109,221 multiemployer pension participants in Tennessee, including 15,017 in the Central States Pension Fund. Around 2,000 Tennessee jobs are expected to be cut if CSPF fails. $192.7 million decline in TN GDP if CSPF folds. Plans in danger include the United Furniture Workers and the American Federation of Musicians and Employers.
    WASHINGTON- 457,318 multiemployer pension participants in Washington. $28 million in at-risk retirement income. Home to the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Fund, one of the largest plans in the country.
    WISCONSIN- 154,318 multiemployer pension participants in Wisconsin, including 20,000 in the Central States Pension Fund.
    The BLEPPRA is a RESCUE PLAN. The 1.3 million Americans affected deserve to be rescued from this pension crisis.
    The cost of doing nothing will greatly outway the cost of doing something if we don’t act now! Kicking the can down the road is becoming too costly. 8 years ago, when we began our pension fight, it was estimated that it would have cost 5-6 billion dollars to fix it, now the cost has increased to $60 billion.
    The COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis has put the lives of most Americans in a downward spiral. It is important to remember that while Americans are rightfully concerned about their paychecks, the pension check of the retirees is their paycheck. In most cases, retirees cannot return to work and do not get a cost of living increase to their pension check to offset the astronomical rate in the increase in the cost of goods and services
    Over 60% of our retirees are Veterans. When our Country needed these young men and women, they defended and stood up for our Country. Now that they are older, why is our Country not standing up for them?
    How does a pension solution get paid for? If some argue that it is the taxpayer bailing out the pension funds, it is important to remind them that all 10.4 million Americans that could be impacted if the multiemployer pension system fails are all taxpayers. When big business, Wall Street, the auto industry, the airline and travel industry and the farmers continually get bailed out, these 10.4 million Americans/taxpayers pay for it. And yet when we are fighting for our lives, we aren’t considered to be taxpayers. The double standard of who and when you are a taxpayer is immoral and unamerican.
    As taxpayers, we not only pay taxes, we also pay toward the pensions that Congressmen and Congresswomen receive.
    TELL THEM NO MORE EXCUSES, THE TIME IS NOW!
    Pension Warriors, the importance of calling your Senators EVERY DAY cannot be emphasized enough. We can do this TOGETHER!
    Stay Safe and Take Care!
    NUCPP Board of Directors
    Dana Vargo
    NUCPP Secretary
    330-904-5976
    [email protected]

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    Default Re: Pension relief in the budget reconciliation process

    The Committee on Rules will meet on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 9:30 AM EST via Cisco Webex on the following measure:

    H.R. ___—American Rescue Plan Act of 2021


    **PLEASE NOTE:

    This proceeding will be streamed live on rules.house.gov. Information will be provided separately to Members on how to join via the Cisco Webex platform.

    Members intending to testify during this meeting should notify the Rules Committee of their interest in order to receive instructions on how to participate.

    Created: Feb 23, 2021

    https://rules.house.gov/news/announc...-plan-act-2021

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    Default Re: Pension relief in the budget reconciliation process

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    still waiting for the senate parliamentarian to make here ruling. It's expected either today or tomorrow. I can't find anything on it other than the minimum wage.
    I guess she has spoken and the $15 an hour amendment was rejected.. This is a wall street journal report and you need to subscribe but the link below tells you all one needs to know.. I do not have a subscription to the WSJ..

    Senate Parliamentarian Rules Against Including Minimum-Wage Increase in Covid-19 Bill
    The neutral arbiter of the chamber’s rules said she believed it didn’t meet the guidelines for reconciliation


    WASHINGTON—The Senate parliamentarian told lawmakers Thursday night that the proposed increase to the minimum wage to $15 an hour didn’t comply with Senate rules, dealing a blow to Democrats’ efforts to include it in their $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

    The parliamentarian, the neutral arbiter of the chamber’s rules, issued guidance saying she believed it didn’t meet the guidelines for reconciliation, the process that Democrats are using to pass their relief plan to pass the aid package with a simple majority in the Senate, and would be ruled out of order.

    After two tense days of waiting, the ruling from Elizabeth MacDonough, the chief parliamentarian, comes as lawmakers make final changes to the bill so that it falls within the Senate’s rules. The reconciliation process places a number of restrictions on what policy measures can be included in the legislation. It also allows Democrats to pass the legislation without GOP support, provided that they lose no votes among their own ranks.

    Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 has been a priority for the party’s progressives, though some moderate Democrats in the Senate had raised concerns about including it in President Biden’s coronavirus relief package.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/senate-...l2u1pd3G2bgHuM

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    Default Re: Pension relief in the budget reconciliation process

    Quote Originally Posted by crazy View Post
    I guess she has spoken and the $15 an hour amendment was rejected.. This is a wall street journal report and you need to subscribe but the link below tells you all one needs to know.. I do not have a subscription to the WSJ..

    Senate Parliamentarian Rules Against Including Minimum-Wage Increase in Covid-19 Bill
    The neutral arbiter of the chamber’s rules said she believed it didn’t meet the guidelines for reconciliation
    Here is another link from CNN

    The Senate parliamentarian has ruled against including the increase in the minimum wage in the Covid relief bill, an aide familiar with the process and two sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell CNN.

    While Democrats had pushed for the increase to be included, its removal may actually make it easier to pass the bill, senior Democratic sources believe, because it'll avoid a messy fight over whether to strip it out of the bill and whether to compromise.
    For now, far from being a defeat, this is viewed as clearing the way for the bill's passage in the Senate, a Biden administration official told CNN.
    Top Democratic leaders said Thursday they were disappointed in the ruling, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying the provision will remain in the House bill on which the chamber is voting Friday.
    However, the parliamentarian ruled that the increase to $15 per hour did not meet a strict set of guidelines needed to move forward in the Senate's reconciliation process. That means that the House will pass its bill, the Senate will have to strip the minimum wage provision out, and then eventually, the House will have to pass that bill again at the end of the process.
    "We are deeply disappointed in this decision," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement following the ruling. "We are not going to give up the fight to raise the minimum wage to $15 to help millions of struggling American workers and their families. The American people deserve it, and we are committed to making it a reality."
    But the ruling likely makes it easier for Schumer to get his members in line behind the bill since the rise in the minimum wage had been a key sticking point for moderates like Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.
    There are no viable options to use the procedures in the Senate to keep the wage hike in the bill.
    White House officials, cognizant of the potential math problem with Senate Democrats if the minimum wage increase were in the final package, had been counting on the provision being stripped, the administration official told CNN.
    While there had been discussions about what would occur if it were't, President Joe Biden's top advisers were fairly certain it would come out -- something Biden himself alluded to several times publicly.
    The parliamentarian's ruling takes a significant potential hurdle out of play, officials acknowledged. While Biden will make a push to pass a standalone increase, officials know it has no path in the Senate due to Republican -- and Democratic -- opposition.
    The parliamentarian's decision marks the end of a multi-weeks effort by Senate Budget Chairman Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, to include the provision in the relief bill.
    "I strongly disagree with tonight's decision by the Senate Parliamentarian," Sanders said in a statement Thursday evening. "The (Congressional Budget Office) made it absolutely clear that raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour had a substantial budgetary impact and should be allowed under reconciliation. It is hard for me to understand how drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge was considered to be consistent with the Byrd Rule, while increasing the minimum wage is not," Sanders added, referring to the rule -- named after the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd -- that prohibits including "extraneous" measures as part of the budget process that Democrats are employing to send the Covid-19 relief package to Biden's desk by early March.
    In the House, progressive Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York told CNN earlier this week that she would still support the Covid relief package if the parliamentarian were the one to remove the minimum wage provision, but not if politicians had been the ones to take it out. For Ocasio-Cortez, members of her own party removing or lowering the minimum wage would have made the bill fall apart. Rep. Ilhan Omar, a progressive Democrat from Minnesota, echoed those sentiments.
    Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, a little known but powerful Senate official, had been thrust into the spotlight this week, with Democrats eager to see whether the minimum wage increase would survive in the President's relief package. MacDonough is the first woman to serve in the role of Senate parliamentarian -- a nonpartisan role -- since that position was created in the 1930s.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/25/p...ian/index.html

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