Legislation


This is where you’ll find our coverage and commentary on legislative proposals pending in Congress, along with regulatory issues that affect actuaries and the retirement industry as a whole.


 

Legislation

Legislation

By ASPPA Net Staff12/11/2015 • 0 Comments

The House and Senate have passed a short-term spending bill that will keep the government funded through Dec. 16; whether budget legislation ultimately will include provisions affecting the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule remains uncertain.
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By ASPPA Net Staff12/10/2015 • 0 Comments

Some may consider it a bundle of coal, and others a vision of sugarplums, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers now says that their legislative proposal to ensure retirement advisors protect clients’ best interests could be introduced before the holiday break. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/8/2015 • 0 Comments

The federal budget bill being negotiated on Capitol Hill this week could become the battleship that eventually sinks the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo, Craig Hoffman12/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress has passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015, which is expected to be signed into law Dec. 4 by President Obama — and which, thanks to ASPPA GAC input, includes a vital change for Form 5500 filers. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams12/3/2015 • 0 Comments

A congressional subcommittee hearing Dec. 2 gave voice to the conflicting perspectives on the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary proposal, though it seems unlikely that anyone’s perspective was changed. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff12/1/2015 • 0 Comments

Legislation that would amend the rules for church plans in a variety of ways is now before both chambers of Congress.
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By ASPPA Net Staff11/25/2015 • 0 Comments

The Obama Administration recently unveiled its myRA program, a federal effort to encourage retirement savings and provide an easy, low-impact way for those who do not participate in a retirement plan to set something aside; Chris Carosa discusses arguments pro and con. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/20/2015 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor has criticized an effort by a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives to address concerns about its proposed fiduciary rule, with a DOL spokesman calling the initiative “puzzling and disappointing. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/11/2015 • 0 Comments

Another bill looking to derail the Department of Labor’s fiduciary proposal has been introduced in Congress. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo11/6/2015 • 0 Comments

The Windy City played host in the first week of November to a gathering focused on developing ideas to address America’s retirement savings challenge — but government-run solutions dominated the conversation. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff11/6/2015 • 0 Comments

With concerns about the final Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule and its potential impact on low- and middle-income families still percolating on Capitol Hill, a bipartisan group of House of Representatives members has outlined a series of legislative principles to help guide those efforts. READ MORE

By Judy Miller10/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The details of a new budget deal have been released, and Congress has once again gone to the defined benefit pension well to pay for a budget deal. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo10/30/2015 • 0 Comments

The sweeping two-year budget package that is swiftly moving through Congress this week collects over $8.1 billion in revenue from America’s defined benefit plans, largely from increases in premium payments to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). READ MORE

By Andrew Remo10/29/2015 • 0 Comments

Discussing alternatives to encourage small businesses to offer retirement plans, a Senate subcommittee found consensus around a specific solution. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/28/2015 • 0 Comments

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation Oct. 27 that would block the Department of Labor from finalizing its fiduciary proposal until the Securities and Exchange Commission weighs in. READ MORE

By Alisa Wolking10/6/2015 • 0 Comments

As the Department of Labor (DOL) finalizes new fiduciary regulations, members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are considering new legislation to address their concerns with DOL’s proposal. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/6/2015 • 0 Comments

New legislation introduced in the Senate claims to shore up retirement security for women — but it’s got implications for plan design and administration. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff10/1/2015 • 0 Comments

The House Financial Services has given a nod to a bill that would delay the Department of Labor from implementing the proposed fiduciary rule. H.R. 1090, the Retail Investor Protection Act, passed the committee in a 34-25 vote on Sept. 30. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/11/2015 • 0 Comments

We’re months away from December, but it felt like a fiduciary rule Festivus on Capitol Hill Sept. 10 as members of Congress aired their grievances about the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed extension authority to regulate assets contained in retirement accounts. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo9/4/2015 • 0 Comments

Congress returns from its summer break next week, and House Republicans are wasting no time reengaging in oversight of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule re-proposal. READ MORE

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