WASHINGTON — U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan of Howland, D-13th, Mike Turner, R-Ohio, and Dan Kildee, D-Mich., made their latest bipartisan push Tuesday to help restore pensions for Delphi salaried retirees.
In a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the lawmakers requested a status update on a Trump-era Delphi report.
An October 2020 memo requesting a report, which came after Ryan and Turner’s urging, directed the secretaries of Treasury, Commerce and Labor to review the Delphi pension matter and inform the president of any appropriate actions that may be taken to address the lost pension benefits, including potential legislation, and to bring additional transparency to the original decision to terminate the plan.
“The Delphi Salaried Pension Plan was unfairly terminated. This unfair action devastated the long-term financial security of the almost 22,000 salaried employees at Delphi whose benefits were significantly reduced. These employees deserve the benefits they have earned,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter.
“Please know that we stand ready to work with you to ensure the Delphi retirees and all American workers can be secure in the benefits they have earned.”
The full text of the letter can be viewed here.
In 2013, Ryan, Turner and Kildee founded the Congressional Task Force on Delphi Pensions to advocate for the Delphi retirees, and since then they have pressed administration officials from both parties on the issue.
The letter sent Tuesday also was signed by U.S. Reps. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, Ralph Norman, R-S.C., Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, Austin Scott, R-Ga., Brian Higgins, D-N.Y., Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, Chris Jacobs, R-N.Y., Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., Joseph D. Morelle, D-N.Y., Bryan Steil, R-Wis., Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., Lisa C. McClain, R-Mich., John R. Moolenaar, R-Mich., John Katko, R-N.Y., Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., Debbie Lesko, R-Ariz., Jack Bergman, R-Mich., Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., Salud Carbajal, D-Calif., Andy Levin, D-Mich., James R. Baird, R-Ind., and David Joyce, R-Ohio.