On to the Senate!

CLEVELAND, August 1, 2001 -- H.R. 1140, the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001, passed overwhelmingly last night by a vote of 384-33, overcoming the pressure of certain House Republicans and the White House's Office of Management and Budget.

The bill will now move on to the Senate where, as of last week, it had 72 co-sponsors. Rail Labor lobbyists hope that it will be acted on shortly after the Summer recess which is scheduled to end on September 3.

Over the past several days, with the help of BLE and GIA members, Rail Labor was able to counteract the attempts by foes to stop the bill from going to a vote.

"The hard work and dedication of BLE and GIA legislative officers and members made this vote possible," said BLE International President Edward Dubroski. "Without the action of these brothers and sisters, this bill would never have seen the light of day."

H.R. 1140 was passed by a bi-partisan majority. Details on how individual members of Congress voted can be viewed by using the link below:

http://clerkweb.house.gov/cgi-bin/vote.exe?year=2001&rollnumber=305

 

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August 1, 2001
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2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers