Statement by Majority Leader Boehner on House Appointment of Pension Reform Conferees |
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement regarding the House’s appointment of conferees to a House-Senate conference charged with crafting a final pension reform measure:

“I look forward to Congress finishing its work on this critical legislation.  Getting to this point has taken years of lengthy discussions, meetings, hearings, and markups, all of which underscore the importance of this issue to the American people.  Pension reform is a bottom line issue for workers, retirees, and taxpayers alike, and I am proud that Congress is on the verge of reforming our nation’s outdated pension laws for the first time in a generation.  It’s essential that we modernize our pension rules to ensure employers and unions keep their promises to workers, retirees, and their families.  And in doing so, we will ensure that taxpayers aren’t stuck holding the bag in a multi-billion dollar bailout of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.

“I look forward to working with my House and Senate colleagues and reaching agreement on a package of balanced reforms that will both improve the health of the defined benefit pension system and safeguard the retirement security of millions of Americans.”

Boehner today was named as a Republican House conferee, along with Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA), Ways & Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA), Employer-Employee Relations Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX), and Reps. John Kline (R-MN), Pat Tiberi (R-OH), and Dave Camp (R-MI).  Democrat conferees include Education & the Workforce Committee ranking member George Miller (D-CA), Ways & Means Committee ranking member Charles Rangel (D-NY), and Reps. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) and Donald Payne (D-NJ).

Boehner, the former chairman of the Education & the Workforce Committee, worked with Thomas, Johnson, Kline and others to help secure passage of the House bill – the Pension Protection Act (H.R. 2830) – on December 15, 2005 by a vote of 294-132, with 70 Democrats supporting the bill.