About the Joint Select Committee

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Unless Congress takes action, Central States will run out of money to pay benefits and your pension will be severely reduced in 2025 or earlier. To address the issues facing Central States, and more than 100 other funds nationwide, Congress, in February, established the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. The Joint Select Committee was established in large part because the Butch Lewis Act has not received broad bipartisan support, despite the untiring efforts of retirees, active workers, local union officers and labor unions throughout the country. For more information about the Butch Lewis Act, visit the FAQ page.

The Joint Select Committee has 16 members appointed by Congressional Leadership – composed of equal numbers of House and Senate members from each political party. The Joint Select Committee has been charged with producing bipartisan legislation to solve these issues by November 30, 2018.

The report of the Joint Select Committee and proposed legislative language will need to be approved by both a majority of the Republican-appointed Committee members and a majority of the Democratic-appointed Committee members – or else no legislation will be put to a vote by Congress.

If at least five members from each party agree on a compromise, that legislation will be guaranteed an expedited vote on the Senate floor with no amendments. The Committee will be required to hold at least five public meetings, including the option of field hearings outside of D.C. to hear directly from retirees, workers and businesses affected by the pension crisis.

Visit the Take Action page to email the Joint Select Committee and senior staff for all 16 members. We also encourage you to call members of the Joint Select Committee and tell them to take action to protect your pension benefits. Phone numbers for each member are listed below. You can learn more about the Joint Select Committee on its website at www.pensions.senate.gov.



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