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Walberg, Blunt Rochester Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Help More Americans Achieve Retirement Security

February 28, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Representatives Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) today introduced H.R. 1439, the Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act, to help more Americans retire with dignity and peace of mind. The bipartisan bill clarifies and strengthens existing rules to make it easier for retirement plan sponsors to provide guaranteed lifetime income products as part of their employee benefits.
 
“Putting away enough money for retirement is a major concern for Michigan families,” said Congressman Walberg. “We need to take those concerns to heart and provide hardworking families with more tools to help them save for the future. Our bipartisan legislation will make it easier for employers to offer broader savings options for their employees, taking an important step in removing barriers for Americans as they work to achieve a financially secure retirement.”
 
“According to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, retirement savings are down by 75% over the last 50 years, and over one-third of surveyed households do not contribute to retirement plans today. Americans deserve a financially secure future, and we must work diligently to reverse this alarming trend,” said Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. “By clarifying rules surrounding annuities and strengthening safe harbor protections for plans, we hope to increase the suite of saving options employers can offer and the amount employees choose to save. Our goal is to provide everyone with another tool in the toolbox so more Americans can achieve their financial dreams. I am proud to reintroduce this legislation with Congressman Walberg, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to move this bill through the House.”
 
About H.R. 1439, the Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act
Studies have shown that Americans are not saving enough to be financially secure throughout their retirement. Currently, only 10 percent of retirement plans in America offer a guaranteed lifetime income product—largely due to confusing and ambiguous regulations that employers must follow when selecting an insurance provider. To remove this uncertainty, Representatives Walberg and Lisa Blunt Rochester introduced the Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act, which establishes specific guidelines for employers who want to include annuities on their retirement plan menus.

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