Thursday, February 23, 2017

ACTION: Today's Call to Action from Indivisible Oregon

Thursday, Feb 23
Republicans in Congress are ramming through fast-tracked legislation that would block Oregon and other states from helping their citizens save money for retirement.
Last week, the House passed H.J. 66, a bill that would nullify a Department of Labor ruling (and overturn an existing Oregon law) that expands access to personal retirement savings plans. If passed in the Senate, businesses would be forced to choose between offering a large, complicated pension plan -- or no plan at all.
The DOL estimates 39 million Americans do not have access to retirement savings plans through their employees. Of those, only 10% contribute to outside savings plans. Without adequate retirement income, seniors are forced to scrimp on necessities in order to make ends meet. This also places more stress on state and federal social services. H.J. 66 strips away a state’s right to provide preventive solutions to poverty among seniors and eliminates choices for American workers. Urge our Senators to fight this harmful bill.
Sample script
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon. I am calling to urge the Senator to vote NO on H.J. 66. This bill would overturn the Department of Labor ruling and an Oregon law that allows millions of Americans access to retirement plans, who otherwise would not to have a way to save. States should have the right to help their OWN citizens save their OWN money for retirement. Can I count on the Senator to vote NO?”
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Chapter: 178 - State Treasurer; Oregon Retirement Savings Plan; Oregon 529 Savings Network, Section: 210, Year: 2015, Last Accessed: 2016-07-16