The House late Wednesday passed two resolutions to block Obama administration regulations designed to help states develop payroll deduction IRA plans that don’t run afoul of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
The resolutions of disapproval (H. J. Res. 66 and H. J. Res. 67) blocked what GOP lawmakers called “misguided” Obama-era rules finalized last August that would have “forced” some employers to automatically enroll workers in government-run IRAs through payroll deductions.
Introduced by Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions, and Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., the resolutions would close what the lawmakers say is a regulatory loophole created by the Obama administration and ensure retirement savers continue to receive important safeguards under federal law.
The lawmakers argued that unlike private-sector retirement plans, workers enrolled in these public-sector plans “would not be afforded the important protections” provided by ERISA.
“The regulatory loophole created by the Obama administration puts workers, retirees and taxpayers at risk,” Walberg said. “These resolutions remove that risk and restore critical protections that are designed to safeguard the savings of hardworking men and women. This is an important part of our ongoing efforts to strengthen retirement security in this country and ensure every American has the tools and protections they need to retire with financial security and peace of mind.”