Bill to Continue Health Care Tax Credit Coverage for Delphi Retirees

Rep. Ryan
Rep. Turner
  
Washington DC – [Mon 2013-07-22] Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Congressman Mike Turner (R-OH) introduced H.R. 2783, legislation which provides Delphi retirees and other eligible individuals the choice of continuing within the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC) program past the program’s December 31, 2013 termination date or leaving the program.

Current law—enacted as part of the Affordable Care Act—terminates the HCTC program at the end of this year. H.R. 2783 extends the HCTC program for currently-enrolled participants, so long as the participants are receiving PBGC pensions and there are no breaks in their coverage.  ~~  Read more: Rep. Tim Ryan press release

Rep./Speaker Boehner: Why is the White House Still Stonewalling?

Boehner
 
Boehner Column:  Why is the White House Still Stonewalling Delphi Retirees?
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – [2013-06-14] Congressman/Speaker John Boehner (R-West Chester-OH) discussed in a column the unequal treatment of non-union Delphi salaried retirees, his comments included: "~Americans should never be targeted by their government for partisan purposes. ~ we’ll continue working to get to the bottom of the IRS abuse, Benghazi and another issue that’s critically important to many in the Miami Valley: the Delphi pension scandal. ~ thousands of non-union workers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and elsewhere saw their retirement savings slashed during the 2009 auto bailout.  While the president’s union allies were protected, these non-union workers had their pensions cut by as much as 70 percent. ~ Still, the administration continues to stonewall. ~
 
"'For four years now we have been trying to gain access to records from the PBGC and Treasury…,' former Delphi Senior Engineer and Vice-Chair of the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association Bruce Gump said. 'Yet in spite of promises from everybody from the president on down… we have been fought every step of the way.' ~
 
"As many Delphi non-union workers will attest, it’s about economic freedom, jobs, and the very real implications of an out-of-control government picking winners and losers – and we aren’t about to let up."  
 

Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Rep. Paul Ryan Request Update from Secretary Lew


Sen. Portman
Sen. Brown

 
   
Rep. Ryan
Sec. Lew
   
Senator Rob Portman (OH) followed up the recent Congressional Hearing in Dayton, Ohio, with a request on June 20 to Secretary Jack Lew for an update regarding the Treasury's review of the Delphi salaried retirees' pension situation.
 
Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) submitted a similar request on July 1. Congressman Paul Ryan (WI) submitted a request to Secretary Lew on July 24 requesting a response, and requesting that all documents be provided to the Delphi salaried retirees.
 

Congressional Field Hearing - Unequal Treatment of Retirees


Chairman Mica, Congressman Turner
   

Panel 1 - Gump, Miller, Rose
   

Panel 2 - Dobosz, Sherk
   
More pictures from the hearing  
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Subcommittee on Government Operations
Chairman John Mica (R-FL)
The Delphi Pension Bailout: Unequal Treatment of Retirees
Field Hearing – Monday June 10, 2013
Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH
 
Panel 1
Bruce Gump – Delphi Salaried Retirees Association
Mary T. Miller – Delphi Salaried Retirees Association
Tom Rose – Delphi Salaried Retirees Association
 
Panel 2
Paul J. Dobosz – Delphi Salaried Retirees Association
James Sherk – Senior Policy Analyst in Labor Economics - The Heritage Foundation
 
Over 250 retirees and family members attended the hearing from Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Photo gallery | DSRA Testimonies | James Sherk testimony | Rep Susan Brooks (IN) support | AP - Delphi retirees pack OH meeting | TribToday - Release Delphi records (see below) | Bankruptcy Law Review: Pensioner Outrage
 
After the hearing Chairman Mica was contacted by Warren TribToday and confirmed he intends to seek subpoenas of the records: Chairman Mica said "I will not permit any further foot dragging and we are going to talk to the people who were involved."; also said he wants testimony from people who were named in documents but whose information was redacted, saying if they won't testify voluntarily, they should face subpoena.  "I think the whole thing has dragged on for far too long," Mica said. "They have used government money in an inappropriate manner, and I think we have got to get to the bottom of it and see what remedy can be available."