H.R. 1140 back on track

CLEVELAND, July 26, 2001 -- Thanks to the efforts of BLE, GIA and other Rail Labor lobbyists, H.R. 1140, the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001, has been placed back on the Suspension Calendar today. However, more effort is needed to force it to a vote by early next week.

All BLE and GIA members are asked to contact their Members of Congress and also those members on the following list and ask them to move H.R. 1140 from the Suspension Calendar to the floor for a vote.

Please contact the following members of the Republican Congressional leadership and ask them to support the bill:

  • Speaker, J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) Phone: (202) 225-2976 or FAX: (202) 225-0697
  • Majority Leader, Dick Armey (R-TX) at (202) 225-7772
  • Majority Whip, Tom DeLay (R-TX) Phone: (202) 225-5951 or FAX: (202) 225-5241

Other Members of the House may be contacted by calling the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and asking for the Representative by name.

Yesterday, House Budget Committee Chairman Jim Nussle (R-IA) announced that he was opposed to the bill for budgetary reasons and attempted to keep it from moving forward to a vote. However, a grassroots effort from Rail Labor put it back on the calendar.

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July 26, 2001


2001 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers