House Democrats lack a sense of urgency and that's why funding relief for defined benefit plan sponsors has gone nowhere, according to Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio.
“I'm becoming really agitated with this attitude,” Mr. Tiberi said in a teleconference sponsored by the American Benefits Council. “There just doesn't see to be a real game plan to vote this in the House.”
Among the specific charges that Mr. Tiberi leveled during the teleconference were that House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin, D-Mich., doesn't think there's a need to move quickly on a funding relief bill.
By deadline, Matthew Beck, a spokesman for Mr. Levin, had not returned telephone calls.
Mr. Tiberi also claimed that House Education and Labor Committee Chairman George Miller, D-Calif., had advised business leaders that they would “have to negotiate a bill with the AFL-CIO to get it passed.”
“I am just stunned that George Miller can have this influence,” Mr. Tiberi said.
But Aaron Albright, a spokesman for Mr. Miller, said: “We have urged all stakeholders to work cooperatively so that pension relief can be quickly approved.” — Doug Halonen