H.R. 1140 now has 256 co-sponsors

CLEVELAND, April 4 -- Rail labor lobbyists have now secured 256 co-sponsors for H.R. 1140, the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.

In general terms, two-thirds of the members of Congress must support a measure in order for it to have a legitimate chance to pass. With 256 co-sponsors in the House, H.R. 1140 has now surpassed that important plateau. The next step is to secure 290 co-sponsors, which would -- if necessary -- make H.R. 1140 "veto-proof." Last year, H.R. 4844 has 305 co-sponsors and was passed by a 391-25 majority.

H.R. 1140 replaces last year's H.R. 4844. It contains all the benefit improvements originally agreed to by rail management and labor -- long-needed improvements in the surviving spouse benefit, full retirement annuity at age 60 with 30 years of service, elimination of artificial caps on benefits, vesting after five years instead of 10, and provisions that require the carriers to insure future fund solvency with future tax increases if necessary.

To temper the success rail labor lobbyists have enjoyed in the House of Representatives, statements contained in President George W. Bush's 2001 budget proposal threaten timely passage of H.R. 1140.

"The railroad retirement system's pension program is not fully funded like other private industry pension plans; indeed, there is a $39.7 billion unfunded liability," Bush states in his budget proposal. "Any examination of the program should set as first priorities ending taxpayer subsidies to the program and ensuring the industry funds its workers' pensions."

The portion of Bush's budget proposal containing the above statements can be found on the White House website at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/usbudget/blueprint/bud36.html

A summary of H.R. 1140 is available on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee website at:
http://www.house.gov/transportation/rail/summary.html

We encourage BLE and GIA members to write and thank their Representative(s) if they are on the list below. If your member of Congress is not on this list, then we encourage BLE and GIA members to ask him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 1140. Correspondence should be addressed to:

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
Telephone: U.S. Capitol, (202) 224-3121
Internet: http://www.house.gov
 
What follows is the list of H.R. 1140's 256 co-sponsors, as of April 4, 2001; the list is broken down alphabetically by state, then by district:
 
Alaska
1. Young (R-AK-AL)*#
 
Alabama
2. Callahan (R-AL-1)
3. Bachus (R-AL-6)#
4. Hilliard (D-AL-7)
 
Arizona
5. Pastor (D-AZ-2)
 
Arkansas
6. Berry (D-AR-1)#
7. Snyder (D-AR-2)
8. Hutchinson (R-AR-3)#
9. Ross (D-AR-4)
 
California
10. Thompson (D-CA-1)
11. Dolittle (R-CA-4)
12. Matsui (D-CA-5)+
13. Miller, George (D-CA-7)
14. Lee (D-CA-9)
15. Tauscher (D-CA-10)#
16. Pombo (R-CA-11)#
17. Lantos (D-CA-12)
18. Stark (D-CA-13)+
19. Condit (D-CA-18)
20. Berman (D-CA-26)
21. Becerra (D-CA-30)+
22. Roybal-Allard (D-CA-33)
23. Napolitano (D-CA-34)
24. Horn (R-CA-38)#
25. Baca (D-CA-42)
26. Filner (D-CA-50)#
 
Colorado
27. DeGette (D-CO-1)
28. Udall, M (D-CO-2)
 
Connecticut
29. Simmons (R-CT-2)#
30. DeLauro (D-CT-3)
 
District of Columbia
31. Norton (D-DC-AL)#
 
Florida
32. Brown, C (D-FL-3)#
33. Crenshaw (R-FL-4)
34. Thurman (D-FL-5)+
35. Mica (R-FL-7)#
36. Davis, J (D-FL-11)
37. Foley (R-FL-16)+
38. Meek (D-FL-17)
39. Hastings (D-FL-23)
 
Georgia
40. Bishop (D-GA-2)
41. Collins (R-GA-3)+
42. McKinney (D-GA-4)
43. Lewis, J (D-GA-5)+
44. Isakson (R-GA-6)#
45. Chambliss (R-GA-8)
46. Norwood (R-GA-10)
 
Hawaii
47. Abercrombie (D-HI-1)
48. Mink (D-HI-2)
 
Idaho
49. Otter (R-ID-1)#
50. Simpson (R-ID-2)#
 
Illinois
51. Rush (D-IL-1)
52. Jackson (D-IL-2)
53. Lipinski (D-IL-3)#
54. Gutierrez (D-IL-4)
55. Blagojevich (D-IL-5)
56. Hyde (R-IL-6)
57. Schakowsky (D-IL-9)
58. Weller (R-IL-11)+
59. Costello (D-IL-12)#
60. Johnson (R-IL-15)#
61. Evans (D-IL-17)
62. LaHood (R-IL-18)
63. Phelps (D-IL-19)
64. Shimkus (R-IL-20)
 
Indiana
65. Visclosky (D-IN-1)
66. Roemer (D-IN-3)
67. Kerns (R-IN-7)#
68. Hill (D-IN-9)
69. Carson (D-IN-10)
 
Iowa
70. Leach (R-IA-1)
71. Boswell (D-IA-3)#
72. Ganske (R-IA-4)
73. Latham (R-IA-5)
 
Kansas
74. Moran (R-KS-1)#
75. Moore (D-KS-3)
76. Tiahrt (R-KS-4)
 
Kentucky
77. Whitfield (R-KY-1)
78. Lewis, R (R-KY-2)+
79. Lucas (D-KY-4)
80. Fletcher (R-KY-6)
 
Louisana
81. Jefferson (D-LA-2)+
82. Tauzin (R-LA-3)
83. Cooksey (R-LA-5)#
84. Baker (R-LA-6)#
85. John (D-LA-7)
 
Maine
86. Baldacci (D-ME-2)#
 
Maryland
87. Gilchrest (R-MD-1)#
88. Ehrlich (R-MD-2)
89. Cardin (D-MD-3)+
90. Wynn (D-MD-4)
91. Hoyer (D-MD-5)
92. Bartlett (R-MD-6)
93. Cummings (D-MD-7)#
94. Morella (R-MD-8)
 
Massachusetts
95. Olver (D-MA-1)
96. McGovern (D-MA-3)#
97. Frank (D-MA-4)
98. Tierney (D-MA-6)
99. Markey (D-MA-7)
100. Moakley (D-MA-9)
101. Delahunt (D-MA-10)
 
Michigan
102. Stupak (D-MI-1)
103. Ehlers (R-MI-3)#
104. Camp (R-MI-4)+
105. Barcia (D-MI-5)#
106. Upton (R-MI-6)
107. Kildee (D-MI-9)
108. Bonior (D-MI-10)
109. Conyers (D-MI-14)
110. Kilpatrick (D-MI-15)
111. Dingell (D-MI-16)
 
Minnesota
112. Gutknecht (R-MN-1)
113. McCollum (D-MN-4)
114. Sabo (D-MN-5)
115. Luther (D-MN-6)
116. Peterson (D-MN-7)
117. Oberstar (D-MN-8)*#
 
Mississippi
118. Wicker (R-MS-1)
119. Thompson, B (D-MS-3)
120. Shows (D-MS-4)
 
Missouri
121. Clay (D-MO-1)
122. Gephardt (D-MO-3)
123. Skelton (D-MO-4)
124. Blunt (R-MO-7)
125. Emerson (R-MO-8)
 
Nebraska
126. Bereuter (R-NE-1)#
127. Terry (R-NE-2)
128. Osborne (R-NE-3)
 
Nevada
129. Berkley (D-NV-1)#
 
New Jersey
130. Andrews (D-NJ-1)
131. LoBiondo (R-NJ-2)#
132. Saxton (R-NJ-3)
133. Smith, C (R-NJ-4)
134. Roukema (R-NJ-5)
135. Pallone (D-NJ-6)
136. Ferguson (R-NJ-7)#
137. Payne (D-NJ-10)
138. Holt (D-NJ-12)
139. Menendez (D-NJ-13)#
 
New Mexico
140. Skeen (R-NM-2)
141. Udall, T (D-NM-3)
 
New York
142. Grucci (R-NY-1)
143. Israel (R-NY-2)
144. King (R-NY-3)
145. McCarthy (D-NY-4)
146. Meeks (D-NY-6)
147. Crowley (D-NY-7)
148. Nadler (D-NY-8)#
149. Weiner (D-NY-9)
150. Towns (D-NY-10)
151. Owens (D-NY-11)
152. Velazquez (D-NY-12)
153. Maloney (D-NY-14)
154. Rangel (D-NY-15)+
155. Kelly (R-NY-19)#
156. Gilman (R-NY-20)
157. McNulty (D-NY-21)+
158. Sweeney (R-NY-22)
159. Boehlert (R-NY-23)#
160. McHugh (R-NY-24)
161. Walsh (R-NY-25)
162. Hinchey (D-NY-26)
163. Slaughter (D-NY-28)
164. LaFalce (D-NY-29)
165. Quinn (R-NY-30)*#
 
North Carolina
166. Clayton (D-NC-1)
167. Etheridge (D-NC-2)
168. Jones (R-NC-3)
169. Burr (R-NC-5)
170. Hayes (R-NC-8)#
171. Myrick (R-NC-9)
172. Watt (D-NC-12)
 
Ohio
173. Gillmor (R-OH-5)
174. Strickland (D-OH-6)
175. Boehner (R-OH-8)
176. Kaptur (D-OH-9)
177. Kucinich (D-OH-10)
178. Tubbs-Jones (D-OH-11)
179. Brown (D-OH-13)
180. Pryce (R-OH-15)
181. Traficant (D-OH-17)
182. Ney (R-OH-18)
183. LaTourette (R-OH-19)#
 
Oklahoma
184. Carson (D-OK-2)#
185. Watkins (R-OK-3)+
186. Watts (R-OK-4)
187. Istook (R-OK-5)
188. Lucas, F (R-OK-6)
 
Oregon
189. Wu (D-OR-1)
190. Walden (R-OR-2)
191. Blumenauer (D-OR-3)#
192. DeFazio (D-OR-4)#
193. Hooley (D-OR-5)
 
Pennsylvania
194. Brady (D-PA-1)
195. Borski (D-PA-3)#
196. Hart (R-PA-4)
197. Peterson (R-PA-5)
198. Holden (D-PA-6)#
199. Welden, C (R-PA-7)
200. Sherwood (R-PA-10)#
201. Kanjorski (D-PA-11)
202. Murtha (D-PA-12)
203. Hoeffel (D-PA-13)
204. Coyne (D-PA-14)+
205. Doyle (D-PA-18)
206. Platts (R-PA-19)#
207. Mascara (D-PA-20)#
208. English (R-PA-21)+
 
Rhode Island
209. Kennedy (D-RI-1)
210. Langevin (D-RI-2)
 
South Carolina
211. Spratt (D-SC-5)
212. Clyburn (D-SC-6)
 
South Dakota
213. Thune (R-SD-AL)#
 
Tennessee
214. Jenkins (R-TN-1)
215. Duncan (R-TN-2)#
216. Clement (D-TN-5)*#
 
Texas
217. Sandlin (D-TX-1)#
218. Turner (D-TX-2)
219. Sessions (R-TX-5)
220. Lampson (D-TX-9)#
221. Edwards (D-TX-11)
222. Reyes (D-TX-16)
223. Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18)
224. Gonzalez (D-TX-20)
225. Bonilla (R-TX-23)
226. Frost (D-TX-24)
227. Bentsen (D-TX-25)
228. Rodriguez (D-TX-28)
229. Green (D-TX-29)
230. Johnson (D-TX-30)#
 
Utah
231. Matheson (D-UT-2)#
 
Virginia
232. Davis, J (R-VA-1)
233. Scott (D-VA-3)
234. Goode (I-VA-5)
235. Goodlatte (R-VA-6)
236. Moran (D-VA-8)
237. Boucher (D-VA-9)
238. Wolf (R-VA-10)
239. Davis, T (R-VA-11)
 
Vermont
240. Sanders (I-VT-AL)
 
Washington
241. Inslee (D-WA-1)
242. Larsen (D-WA-2)
243. Baird (D-WA-3)#
244. Hastings, D (R-WA-4)
245. Nethercutt (R-WA-5)
246. Dicks (D-WA-6)
247. McDermott (D-WA-7)+
248. Dunn (R-WA-8)+
 
West Virginia
249. Mollohan (D-WV-1)
250. Capito (R-WV-2)#
251. Rahall (D-WV-3)#
 
Wisconsin
252. Baldwin (D-WI-2)
253. Kind (D-WI-3)
254. Kleczka (D-WI-4)+
255. Petri (R-WI-6)
256. Green (R-WI-8)
* Original Sponsor
# Member, T&I
+ Member, Ways and Means

 

 

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