Get Involved, Contact Congress to Support the GROW Act
“It’s up to you to inform our members of Congress,” said Rep. Phil Roe (R-1st-Tenn.) to SMACNA chapter executives and Congressional Insiders Club members during a recent pension briefing phone call on the Giving Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act. The legislation would authorize composite plans as a multiemployer pension plan option.
Dr. Roe, who was the original Republican co-sponsor of the bill with Rep. Don Norcross (D-1st-N.J.), is on the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. Made up of bi-partisan members of Congress, the Committee is tasked with finding solutions for failing plans and to address funding issues for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
The Joint Committee has two more hearings, one in late July and a final hearing expected in the fall that would review solutions in detail. The legislative deadline for the committee’s final report is November 30.
With the majority of legislators focused on getting re-elected now, he suggested that now is a good time for contractors and chapter executives to contact their members of Congress to educate them about the benefits of composite plans and the GROW Act.
“We’ve got to get everybody engaged,” he said.
Members can locate their member of Congress on SMACNA’s eAdvocacy Web page or contact SMACNA’s Capitol Hill office at (202) 547-8202.