Companion to H.R. 1140 introduced in Senate

CLEVELAND, April 5 -- Action on the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001 moved to the Senate yesterday with the introduction of S. 697, the companion bill to H.R. 1140.

At about 6:30 p.m. yesterday, the jointly-sponsored bill was introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Max Baucus (D-MT), who are the authors of S. 697. In addition to Senators Hatch and Baucus, S. 697 has 34 co-sponsors as of this morning.

In the House, H.R. 1140 now has 280 co-sponsors, inching ever closer to the "veto-proof" level of 290.

If passed into law, the legislation would provide 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.

It should be noted that at the close of business yesterday, the House adjourned for the Spring District Work Period. BLE and GIA members whose Representative(s) has not signed-on to support H.R. 1140 should contact them at their home offices during the recess.

In addition, Senators are scheduled to leave Capitol Hill for Easter Recess following the close of business on Friday, April 6. They are not scheduled to reconvene until Monday, April 23. Prior to that time, BLE and GIA members should contact their Senator(s) on Capitol Hill. After April 6, BLE and GIA members are encouraged to contact their Senators at their home offices to ask that they co-sponsor S. 697.

For contact information, please use the following links:

U.S. House of Representatives
Internet: http://www.house.gov
 
U.S. Senate
Internet: http://www.senate.gov
 

 
What follows is a list of co-sponsors for S. 697, as of April 5, 2001:
 
1) Hutchinson, Tim (R-AR)*
2) Lincoln, Blanche L (D-AR)*#
3) Biden, Joe (D-DE)
4) Carper, Thomas (D-DE)
5) Cleland, Max (D-GA)
6) Craig, Larry (R-ID)*
7) Crapo, Michael (R-ID)*
8) Durbin, Richard (D-IL)
9) Bayh, Evan (D-IN)
10) Brownback, Sam (R-KS)*
11) Roberts, Pat (R-KS)*
12) Breaux, John (D-LA)*#
13) Landrieu, Mary (D-LA)
14) Mikulski, Barbara (D-MD)*
15) Sarbanes, Paul (D-MD)
16) Kerry, John (D-MA)*#
17) Collins, Susan (R-ME)*
18) Stabenow, Debbie (D-MI)
19) Dayton, Mark (D-MN)
20) Wellstone, Paul (D-MN)
21) Carnahan, Jean (D-MO)
22) Baucus, Max (D-MT)*#
23) Hagel, Chuck (R-NE)*
24) Nelson, Ben (D-NE)
25) Torricelli, Robert (D-NJ)*#
26) Bingaman, Jeff (D-NM)*#
27) Schumer, Charles (D-NY)
28) Conrad, Kent (D-ND)*#
29) Dorgan (D-ND)#
30) Smith, Gordon (R-OR)*
31) Daschle, Thomas (D-SD)*#
32) Hatch, Orrin (R-UT)*#
33) Warner, John (R-VA)*
34) Rockefeller, John (D-WV)*#
* Original Cosponsor
# Member, Senate Finance Committee

 


 
 
What follows is the list of H.R. 1140's 280 co-sponsors, as of April 5, 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)
 
Deleware
31. Castle (R-DE-AL)
 
District of Columbia
32. Norton (D-DC-AL)#
 
Florida
33. Brown, C (D-FL-3)#
34. Crenshaw (R-FL-4)
35. Thurman (D-FL-5)+
36. Mica (R-FL-7)#
37. Keller (R-FL-8)
38. Davis, J (D-FL-11)
39. Foley (R-FL-16)+
40. Meek (D-FL-17)
41. Wexler (D-FL-19)
42. Deutsch (D-FL-20)
43. Hastings (D-FL-23)
 
Georgia
44. Bishop (D-GA-2)
45. Collins (R-GA-3)+
46. McKinney (D-GA-4)
47. Lewis, J (D-GA-5)+
48. Isakson (R-GA-6)#
49. Chambliss (R-GA-8)
50. Norwood (R-GA-10)
51. Linder (R-GA-11)
 
Hawaii
52. Abercrombie (D-HI-1)
53. Mink (D-HI-2)
 
Idaho
54. Otter (R-ID-1)#
55. Simpson (R-ID-2)#
 
Illinois
56. Rush (D-IL-1)
57. Jackson (D-IL-2)
58. Lipinski (D-IL-3)#
59. Gutierrez (D-IL-4)
60. Blagojevich (D-IL-5)
61. Hyde (R-IL-6)
62. Schakowsky (D-IL-9)
63. Weller (R-IL-11)+
64. Costello (D-IL-12)#
65. Johnson (R-IL-15)#
66. Evans (D-IL-17)
67. LaHood (R-IL-18)
68. Phelps (D-IL-19)
69. Shimkus (R-IL-20)
 
Indiana
70. Visclosky (D-IN-1)
71. Roemer (D-IN-3)
72. Kerns (R-IN-7)#
73. Hill (D-IN-9)
74. Carson (D-IN-10)
 
Iowa
75. Leach (R-IA-1)
76. Boswell (D-IA-3)#
77. Ganske (R-IA-4)
78. Latham (R-IA-5)
 
Kansas
79. Moran (R-KS-1)#
80. Moore (D-KS-3)
81. Tiahrt (R-KS-4)
 
Kentucky
82. Whitfield (R-KY-1)
83. Lewis, R (R-KY-2)+
84. Lucas (D-KY-4)
85. Rogers (R-KY-5)
86. Fletcher (R-KY-6)
 
Louisana
87. Jefferson (D-LA-2)+
88. Tauzin (R-LA-3)
89. Cooksey (R-LA-5)#
90. Baker (R-LA-6)#
91. John (D-LA-7)
 
Maine
92. Baldacci (D-ME-2)#
 
Maryland
93. Gilchrest (R-MD-1)#
94. Ehrlich (R-MD-2)
95. Cardin (D-MD-3)+
96. Wynn (D-MD-4)
97. Hoyer (D-MD-5)
98. Bartlett (R-MD-6)
99. Cummings (D-MD-7)#
100. Morella (R-MD-8)
 
Massachusetts
101. Olver (D-MA-1)
102. McGovern (D-MA-3)#
103. Frank (D-MA-4)
104. Tierney (D-MA-6)
105. Markey (D-MA-7)
106. Capuano (D-MA-8)
107. Moakley (D-MA-9)
108. Delahunt (D-MA-10)
 
Michigan
109. Stupak (D-MI-1)
110. Ehlers (R-MI-3)#
111. Camp (R-MI-4)+
112. Barcia (D-MI-5)#
113. Upton (R-MI-6)
114. Kildee (D-MI-9)
115. Bonior (D-MI-10)
116. Conyers (D-MI-14)
117. Kilpatrick (D-MI-15)
118. Dingell (D-MI-16)
 
Minnesota
119. Gutknecht (R-MN-1)
120. McCollum (D-MN-4)
121. Sabo (D-MN-5)
122. Luther (D-MN-6)
123. Peterson (D-MN-7)
124. Oberstar (D-MN-8)*#
 
Mississippi
125. Wicker (R-MS-1)
126. Thompson, B (D-MS-3)
127. Shows (D-MS-4)
 
Missouri
128. Clay (D-MO-1)
129. Akin (R-MO-2)
130. Gephardt (D-MO-3)
131. Skelton (D-MO-4)
132. Blunt (R-MO-7)
133. Emerson (R-MO-8)
134. Hulshof (R-MO-9)+
 
Nebraska
135. Bereuter (R-NE-1)#
136. Terry (R-NE-2)
137. Osborne (R-NE-3)
 
Nevada
138. Berkley (D-NV-1)#
139. Gibbons (R-NV-2)
 
New Hampshire
140. Bass (R-NH-2)
 
New Jersey
141. Andrews (D-NJ-1)
142. LoBiondo (R-NJ-2)#
143. Saxton (R-NJ-3)
144. Smith, C (R-NJ-4)
145. Roukema (R-NJ-5)
146. Pallone (D-NJ-6)
147. Ferguson (R-NJ-7)#
148. Pascrell (D-NJ-8)#
149. Rothman (D-NJ-9)
150. Payne (D-NJ-10)
151. Holt (D-NJ-12)
152. Menendez (D-NJ-13)#
 
New Mexico
153. Skeen (R-NM-2)
154. Udall, T (D-NM-3)
 
New York
155. Grucci (R-NY-1)
156. Israel (R-NY-2)
157. King (R-NY-3)
158. McCarthy (D-NY-4)
159. Meeks (D-NY-6)
160. Crowley (D-NY-7)
161. Nadler (D-NY-8)#
162. Weiner (D-NY-9)
163. Towns (D-NY-10)
164. Owens (D-NY-11)
165. Velazquez (D-NY-12)
166. Maloney (D-NY-14)
167. Rangel (D-NY-15)+
168. Engel (D-NY-17)
169. Kelly (R-NY-19)#
170. Gilman (R-NY-20)
171. McNulty (D-NY-21)+
172. Sweeney (R-NY-22)
173. Boehlert (R-NY-23)#
174. McHugh (R-NY-24)
175. Walsh (R-NY-25)
176. Hinchey (D-NY-26)
177. Slaughter (D-NY-28)
178. LaFalce (D-NY-29)
179. Quinn (R-NY-30)*#
 
North Carolina
180. Clayton (D-NC-1)
181. Etheridge (D-NC-2)
182. Jones (R-NC-3)
183. Price (D-NC-4)
184. Burr (R-NC-5)
185. McIntyre (D-NC-7)
186. Hayes (R-NC-8)#
187. Myrick (R-NC-9)
188. Watt (D-NC-12)
 
Ohio
189. Oxley (R-OH-4)
190. Gillmor (R-OH-5)
191. Strickland (D-OH-6)
192. Boehner (R-OH-8)
193. Kaptur (D-OH-9)
194. Kucinich (D-OH-10)
195. Tubbs-Jones (D-OH-11)
196. Brown (D-OH-13)
197. Sawyer (D-OH-14)
198. Pryce (R-OH-15)
199. Traficant (D-OH-17)
200. Ney (R-OH-18)
201. LaTourette (R-OH-19)#
 
Oklahoma
202. Carson (D-OK-2)#
203. Watkins (R-OK-3)+
204. Watts (R-OK-4)
205. Istook (R-OK-5)
206. Lucas, F (R-OK-6)
 
Oregon
207. Wu (D-OR-1)
208. Walden (R-OR-2)
209. Blumenauer (D-OR-3)#
210. DeFazio (D-OR-4)#
211. Hooley (D-OR-5)
 
Pennsylvania
212. Brady (D-PA-1)
213. Borski (D-PA-3)#
214. Hart (R-PA-4)
215. Peterson (R-PA-5)
216. Holden (D-PA-6)#
217. Welden, C (R-PA-7)
218. Sherwood (R-PA-10)#
219. Kanjorski (D-PA-11)
220. Murtha (D-PA-12)
221. Hoeffel (D-PA-13)
222. Coyne (D-PA-14)+
223. Gekas (R-PA-17)
224. Doyle (D-PA-18)
225. Platts (R-PA-19)#
226. Mascara (D-PA-20)#
227. English (R-PA-21)+
 
Rhode Island
228. Kennedy (D-RI-1)
229. Langevin (D-RI-2)
 
South Carolina
230. Graham (R-SC-3)
231. Spratt (D-SC-5)
232. Clyburn (D-SC-6)
 
South Dakota
233. Thune (R-SD-AL)#
 
Tennessee
234. Jenkins (R-TN-1)
235. Duncan (R-TN-2)#
236. Clement (D-TN-5)*#
237. Tanner (D-FL-8)+
238. Ford (D-TN-9)
 
Texas
239. Sandlin (D-TX-1)#
240. Turner (D-TX-2)
241. Sessions (R-TX-5)
242. Lampson (D-TX-9)#
243. Edwards (D-TX-11)
244. Reyes (D-TX-16)
245. Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18)
246. Gonzalez (D-TX-20)
247. Bonilla (R-TX-23)
248. Frost (D-TX-24)
249. Bentsen (D-TX-25)
250. Ortiz (D-TX-27)
251. Rodriguez (D-TX-28)
252. Green (D-TX-29)
253. Johnson (D-TX-30)#
 
Utah
254. Matheson (D-UT-2)#
 
Virginia
255. Davis, J (R-VA-1)
256. Scott (D-VA-3)
257. Goode (I-VA-5)
258. Goodlatte (R-VA-6)
259. Moran (D-VA-8)
260. Boucher (D-VA-9)
261. Wolf (R-VA-10)
262. Davis, T (R-VA-11)
 
Vermont
263. Sanders (I-VT-AL)
 
Washington
264. Inslee (D-WA-1)
265. Larsen (D-WA-2)
266. Baird (D-WA-3)#
267. Hastings, D (R-WA-4)
268. Nethercutt (R-WA-5)
269. Dicks (D-WA-6)
270. McDermott (D-WA-7)+
271. Dunn (R-WA-8)+
 
West Virginia
272. Mollohan (D-WV-1)
273. Capito (R-WV-2)#
274. Rahall (D-WV-3)#
 
Wisconsin
275. Baldwin (D-WI-2)
276. Kind (D-WI-3)
277. Kleczka (D-WI-4)+
278. Petri (R-WI-6)
279. Green (R-WI-8)
 
Wyoming
280. Cubin (R-WY-AL)
* Original Sponsor
# Member, T&I
+ Member, Ways and Means
 

 

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