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Ryan Budget Threatens Railroad Retirement

Remember in November!

On March 29, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted federal budget legislation that would have devastating effects on the retirement security of all active and retired railroad workers.

The bill is commonly known as the “Ryan Budget” as it was sponsored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Its formal title is House Concurrent Resolution (H. Con. Res.) 112. The bill passed by a vote of 228-191, with 10 Republicans joining all of the Democrats in voting against it.

Perhaps the most devastating portion of the Ryan Budget are the provisions that sponsors claim “would conform Tier 1 so that its benefits would equal those of Social Security, with an estimated savings to taxpayers of $2 billion over 10 years.”

FUNDAMENTAL MISUNDERSTANDING

The Ryan Budget demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding of the relationship between Railroad Retirement and Social Security! It ignores the fact that all Railroad Retirement benefits above Social Security — whether Tier 1 benefits or Tier 2 benefits — are fully funded by railroad workers and their employers; none of these benefits are funded from the general treasury. Therefore, no actual budgetary savings would result from enactment of this legislation.

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