Railroad retirement is not at risk. A recent letter claimed the House budget had drastically changed the railroad retirement system.
The House budget does nothing to change or eliminate railroad retirement benefits.
The words "railroad retirement" do not appear in the legislation.
United Transportation Union President Mike Futhey said, "Railroaders should not lose sleep over a rumor that Congress will cut Railroad Retirement benefits."
A report accompanying the budget included a number of recommendations and proposals regarding numerous issues, including some regarding railroad retirement.
However, absolutely no changes to railroad retirement are required, and no legislation regarding these suggested changes has been introduced.
Railroad retirement benefits were addressed by Congress in the Railroad Retirement and Survivors' Improvement Act of 2001.
I aggressively pushed for the positive improvement to railroad retirement put in place by this important legislation. I strongly support the railroad retirement program and will continue to do so.
Congressman Bill Shuster