Coble to testify on congressional pension reform
Jan 24, 2012 -
(Washington, D.C.)----A longtime critic of the congressional pension system will have a chance on Wednesday to tell his colleagues why the program needs to be reformed. U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), who has refused to participate in the pension system, will testify before a House subcommittee tomorrow on his bill to lengthen the number of years required to be eligible to collect the annuity.
Congressman Coble will testify before the Oversight & Government Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and Labor Policy, which is conducting a hearing on strengthening the entire federal pension system. For the 112th Congress, Rep. Coble introduced legislation to increase the number years required for vesting in the congressional pension plan from five years to 12 years.
This hearing is an offshoot of a nationally-televised story last November on congressional pensions. Congressman Coble was interviewed for ABC-TV’s newsmagazine show "20/20" concerning his refusal to participate in the pension plan. Subcommittee Chairman Dennis Ross (R-FL) told ABC last fall that he would conduct a hearing on Rep. Coble’s bill, along with other legislative efforts to reform the system.
The hearing will be Wednesday, January 25, starting at 9 a.m. in Room 2247 in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Rep. Coble will testify as part of the second panel of witnesses, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Joining Rep. Coble will be Reps. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Robert J. Dold (R-IL), Tim Griffin (R-AR), Richard B. Nugent (R-FL), and Robert T. Schilling (R-IL).
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Note: Attached is Rep. Coble’s prepared testimony.
Attached is Rep. Coble’s prepared testimony.