Republican Plan to Address Pension Solvency Crisis Expected in Coming Weeks

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is reportedly working on a Republican-backed proposal to address issues related to multiemployer pension funds that are facing insolvency. While there is a lot of speculation as to the scope of what will be in the plan, it is expected to principally provide an alternative to the Democratic proposal (H.R.397), which was passed by the House in July. H.R.397 creates a Treasury agency to issue bond-backed loans to failing multiemployer pension plans, an approach that has been unable to garner Republican support for the legislation. More details on Chairman Grassley’s proposal are expected to be released over the coming weeks in the lead up to the end of the year.

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