Pence Voted Against Railroad Retirement


 

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As a member of the 107th Congress, Congressman Mike Pence was one of only 33 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to vote against the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001. The act amended the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974, as well as amending the IRS code of 1986. It's key point was reducing the retirement age of beneficiaries to 60 years of age, from 62.

The act is outlined below: 

The Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001 -Title I: Amendments to Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 - Amends the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 to increase benefits to railroad employees and their beneficiaries and to revise financing of the railroad retirement system.

  • (Sec. 101) Provides for a guaranteed initial minimum amount for surviving spouses of deceased railroad employees. Bases such amount on the tier 1 and tier 2 benefit that would have been payable to the employee at the time of the award of the surviving spouse's annuity.
  • (Sec. 102) Repeals the reduction in tier 1 annuity components for employees and spouses prior to age 62, thus providing for full tier 1 annuities to employees at age 60 with 30 years of service and to spouses of employees with 30 years of service at age 60.
  • (Sec. 103) Reduces from ten to five years of service (after 1995) the vesting requirement for railroad retirement benefits for employees and survivors. Sets forth computation formulae for individual annuities through railroad retirement and Social Security benefit systems.
  • (Sec. 104) Repeals a maximum limit on annuity benefits payable to an employee and spouse under the railroad retirement system.
  • (Sec. 105) Establishes a Railroad Retirement Trust Fund (the Fund) and a National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust (the Trust) to manage and invest Fund assets.
  • (Sec. 106) Abolishes the Railroad Retirement Supplemental Annuity Account and provides for transfer of its funds to the Fund. Provides for transfer to the Fund of certain portions of the Railroad Retirement Account and of Social Security Equivalent Benefit account funds.
  • (Sec. 107) Transfers to the disbursing agent from the Dual Benefits Payments Account the amount necessary to make dual benefit payments.
  • (Sec. 108) Requires the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) to calculate the ratio of assets to benefits to determine annual tier II tax rates for employers, employee representatives, and employees.

Title II: Amendments to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code to exempt the Trust from taxation.

  • (Sec. 203) Repeals a supplemental annuity tax that railroad employers pay to finance a benefit for long-time rail employees.
  • (Sec. 204) Provides for adjustments to tier II tax rates for railroad employers, employee representatives, and employees.

The Votes

U.S. Senate

On December 5, 2001 the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001 passed through the Senate by a vote of 90-9. The vote is outlined below:

YEAs ---90
Akaka (D-HI)
Allen (R-VA)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Bond (R-MO)
Boxer (D-CA)
Breaux (D-LA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Byrd (D-WV)
Campbell (R-CO)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carnahan (D-MO)
Carper (D-DE)
Chafee (R-RI)
Cleland (D-GA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
Daschle (D-SD)
Dayton (D-MN)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Edwards (D-NC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fitzgerald (R-IL)
Frist (R-TN)
Graham (D-FL)
Grassley (R-IA)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hollings (D-SC)
Hutchinson (R-AR)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Miller (D-GA)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Stevens (R-AK)
Thompson (R-TN)
Thurmond (R-SC)
Torricelli (D-NJ)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)
Wellstone (D-MN)
Wyden (D-OR)
NAYs ---9
Allard (R-CO)
Gramm (R-TX)
Gregg (R-NH)
Helms (R-NC)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lott (R-MS)
Nickles (R-OK)
Smith (R-NH)
Thomas (R-WY)
Not Voting - 1
Lieberman (D-CT)

You can view the results from the final House Vote on the U.S. Senate website here.

U.S. House of Representatives

Passing the U.S. Senate by an overwhelming majority, it was voted on by the U.S. House of Representatives on December 11, 2001 where then Indiana Representative (CD-2) Mike Pence was a member. It passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote of 369-33, with Rep. Mike Pence voting against it. The vote is outlined below:



Yeas Nays PRES NV
Republican 171 31
18
Democratic 196 2
13
Independent 2


TOTALS 369 33
31


---- YEAS    369 ---

Abercrombie
Aderholt
Allen
Andrews
Armey
Baca
Bachus
Baird
Baker
Baldacci
Baldwin
Barcia
Barrett
Bartlett
Bass
Becerra
Bentsen
Bereuter
Berkley
Berry
Biggert
Bilirakis
Bishop
Blumenauer
Blunt
Boehlert
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonior
Bono
Boozman
Borski
Boswell
Boucher
Boyd
Brady (PA)
Brady (TX)
Brown (FL)
Brown (OH)
Brown (SC)
Bryant
Burr
Burton
Buyer
Callahan
Calvert
Camp
Cannon
Cantor
Capito
Capps
Cardin
Carson (IN)
Carson (OK)
Castle
Chambliss
Clay
Clayton
Clement
Clyburn
Coble
Collins
Combest
Condit
Conyers
Cooksey
Costello
Coyne
Cramer
Crane
Crenshaw
Cummings
Cunningham
Davis (CA)
Davis (FL)
Davis (IL)
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Tom
DeFazio
DeGette
DeLauro
Deutsch
Diaz-Balart
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Doolittle
Doyle
Dreier
Duncan
Dunn
Edwards
Ehlers
Emerson
Engel
English
Eshoo
Etheridge
Evans
Everett
Farr
Fattah
Ferguson
Filner
Fletcher
Foley
Forbes
Ford
Frank
Frost
Gallegly
Ganske
Gekas
Gibbons
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gilman
Goode
Goodlatte
Gordon
Goss
Graham
Graves
Green (TX)
Green (WI)
Greenwood
Grucci
Gutierrez
Gutknecht
Hall (OH)
Hall (TX)
Hansen
Harman
Hart
Hastings (FL)
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Hayworth
Hill
Hilleary
Hilliard
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hobson
Hoeffel
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hooley
Horn
Houghton
Hoyer
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Inslee
Isakson
Israel
Issa
Istook
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jenkins
John
Johnson (CT)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, E. B.
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Keller
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
Kennedy (RI)
Kerns
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kind (WI)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kleczka
Knollenberg
Kucinich
LaFalce
LaHood
Lampson
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Latham
LaTourette
Leach
Lee
Levin
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Lofgren
Lowey
Lucas (KY)
Lucas (OK)
Lynch
Maloney (NY)
Manzullo
Markey
Mascara
Matheson
McCarthy (MO)
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McCrery
McDermott
McGovern
McHugh
McInnis
McIntyre
McKeon
McKinney
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Menendez
Mica
Millender-McDonald
Miller, Gary
Miller, George
Miller, Jeff
Mink
Mollohan
Moore
Moran (KS)
Moran (VA)
Morella
Murtha
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal
Nethercutt
Ney
Northup
Norwood
Nussle
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Osborne
Ose
Otter
Owens
Oxley
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Payne
Pelosi
Peterson (MN)
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Phelps
Pickering
Platts
Pombo
Pomeroy
Portman
Price (NC)
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Quinn
Rahall
Ramstad
Rangel
Regula
Rehberg
Reyes
Reynolds
Rivers
Rodriguez
Roemer
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Ros-Lehtinen
Ross
Rothman
Roukema
Roybal-Allard
Rush
Ryan (WI)
Ryun (KS)
Sabo
Sanchez
Sanders
Sandlin
Sawyer
Saxton
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schrock
Scott
Serrano
Shaw
Sherman
Sherwood
Shimkus
Shows
Shuster
Simmons
Simpson
Skeen
Skelton
Slaughter
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Solis
Spratt
Stark
Stearns
Strickland
Stump
Stupak
Sweeney
Tanner
Tauscher
Tauzin
Terry
Thomas
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thornberry
Thune
Thurman
Tierney
Toomey
Towns
Traficant
Turner
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Upton
Velazquez
Visclosky
Vitter
Walden
Waters
Watkins (OK)
Watson (CA)
Watt (NC)
Watts (OK)
Waxman
Weiner
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Wexler
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson
Wolf
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn
Young (FL)

---- NAYS    33 ---

Akin
Ballenger
Chabot
Cox
DeLay
DeMint
Flake
Frelinghuysen
Hefley
Herger
Hoekstra
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Kolbe
Largent
Miller, Dan
Myrick
Paul
Pence
Pitts
Rohrabacher
Royce
Schaffer
Sensenbrenner
Shadegg
Shays
Smith (MI)
Stenholm
Sununu
Tancredo
Taylor (MS)
Taylor (NC)
Weldon (FL)

---- NOT VOTING    31 ---

Ackerman
Barr
Barton
Berman
Blagojevich
Capuano
Crowley
Cubin
Culberson
Deal
Delahunt
Dooley
Ehrlich
Fossella
Gephardt
Gonzalez
Granger
Hostettler
Jefferson
Luther
Maloney (CT)
Matsui
Radanovich
Riley
Sessions
Souder
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Walsh
Wamp
Young (AK)

 You can view the results from the final House Vote on the U.S. House of Representatives website here.


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