Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 397 – the Butch Lewis Pension Act. The vote comes following five years of intensive organizing by hundreds of retired and active Teamsters who worked to protect the pensions they earned. This grassroots effort was spearheaded by the National United Committee to Protect Pensions. The committee eventually garnered the support of the IBT, Central States, and a range of elected representatives. TDU helped initiate this effort in 2014.
The bill will now move on to the Senate where Sherrod Brown (D-OH) yesterday introduced similar legislation. Deliberations will continue this fall with the goal of getting a final bill passed in the 2019 term. It faces an uphill battle in the Senate.
Here is the list of how each Congressional Rep voted.