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Congressman Kildee Votes to Make it Easier for Michigan Families to Save for Retirement

May 23, 2019
Press Release

House Passes SECURE Act to Ensure Every American Can Retire with Dignity

WASHINGTON—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing bipartisan legislation that makes it easier for workers to save for retirement and invests in apprenticeship programs that help people get the training and skills they need for high-wage jobs. The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 417-3.

H.R. 1994, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act will help Americans save for retirement by:

  • Expanding the number of small businesses that can offer retirement savings plans to their employees.
  • Ensuring home health care workers can receive retirement benefits.
  • Eliminating tax increases on survivor benefits of children from Gold Star military families.

“Michiganders are working harder than ever but still are worried that they will not have enough money to retire with dignity. As a Member of the Ways and Means Committee, I was proud to help shepherd this bipartisan bill through the House to help make it easier for hardworking families to save for retirement. Every American who works hard deserves to retire with dignity and respect.”

The SECURE Act also expands access for Americans to enter apprenticeship programs, strengthening our economy and unlocking access to high-wage jobs. Apprenticeship programs provide good-paying jobs in Michigan and increase the amount of skilled workers in the workforce. The SECURE Act would allow individuals to use their education savings plans to pay for the cost of apprenticeships, such as necessary equipment and tools.

“Apprenticeships lead to high-wage jobs and strengthen our economy in Michigan. I am proud this bipartisan bill allows workers to use their savings plans to pay for apprenticeship programs, which increases our state’s competitiveness,” said Congressman Kildee.

Congressman Kildee spoke on the floor of the House to advocate for the passage of the SECURE Act today. A video of his remarks can be found here.

“Hard-working men and women across the country deserve the peace of mind to know that they can afford to retire. The SECURE Act will expand access to retirement plans for hundreds of thousands of workers across the country which, based on the bill’s bipartisan support, is something everyone can get behind,” said Andy Potter, President of the SEIU Michigan State Council.

“Every American deserves the opportunity to retire with dignity. The SECURE Act will incentivize businesses to make it easier for hard-working people to enjoy a well-deserved retirement,” said Mike Jackson, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights.

The passage of the SECURE Act today in the House is the latest action by a new Democratic majority to make Congress work for the people. In recent weeks, A Democratically-elected House acted to pass other key pieces of legislation, including:

  • H.R. 1, the For the People Act, to expand voting rights for Americans, reduce the dominance of big money in politics, and ensure that public officials work for the people, not special interests.
  • H.R. 8, Bipartisan Background Checks Act, long-overdue gun violence prevention legislation that requires background checks for gun sales and transfers to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and bad actors. 
  • H.R. 7, the Pay Check Fairness Act, which strengthens and closes loopholes in existing law, including the 1963 Equal Pay Act, to help ensure that women and men get paid the same if they are doing the same work.
  • H.J. Res 46, a privileged resolution to terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration to illegally fund his border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • H.R. 1585, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which seeks to end instances of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking by improving law enforcement response to violence and funding local programs to support victims.
  • H.R. 1644, the Save the Internet Act, which restores net neutrality protections, ensuring that the internet is open to all Americans and free from interference.
  • H.R. 9, the Climate Action Now Act, which requires the Trump Administration to remain in the Paris Climate Accord, a global effort to combat climate change and its impacts.
  • H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, which helps to protect families from predatory junk insurance plans that do not offer comprehensive health care coverage, including coverage for pre-existing conditions.
  • H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, which would help to rein in the soaring costs of health care and prescription drugs.
  • H.R. 5, the Equality Act, which would ensure that all Americans—including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans—would be protected from discrimination in employment, housing, credit, education, public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service.