Congressman Michael Turner

Representing the 10th District of Ohio

TURNER and Issa Continue Longstanding Support of Delphi Retirees

Aug 18, 2016
Press Release
Turner Calls on Director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)

Congressman Mike Turner, a senior member of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and former Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Congressman Darrell Issa (CA-49) have worked for years to hold the Obama Administration accountable and assist the Delphi Salaried Retirees. 

Congressman Turner and Congressman Issa met with Delphi Salaried Retirees to reaffirm their support for the ongoing effort to restore the retirees’ pensions, receive an update on the retirees’ access to documents and information, and offer their continued assistance as the retirees work toward a resolution.

After today’s meeting, Congressman Turner released a letter requesting an update on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s (PBGC) efforts to comply with the law and conduct public outreach regarding the renewal and extension of the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).

Congressman Turner’s statement:

“Seven years ago, the Administration picked winners and losers and today we reaffirmed our support for the over 20,000 Delphi Salaried Retirees whose pensions and benefits were unjustly terminated.  Today, I sent a letter to the Director of the PBGC requesting a much-needed update on their efforts to provide information to those retirees who qualify for the HCTC.  Together, Congressman Issa and I have fought to hold the Administration accountable, release documents, and provide access to information for these retirees.  We will continue supporting the retirees as they continue their fight to have their pensions restored.”

Congressman Issa’s statement:

“Justice is long overdue for the Delphi salaried pensioners. For years they have tirelessly sought answers and accountability from the Obama Administration. I remain committed to their cause and ensuring we do whatever we can to make sure that we don’t allow those in power to play politics with peoples’ retirements.”

Background:

Congressman Turner is a long-time advocate for the Delphi Salaried Retirees.  He has led efforts to hold the Administration accountable for unjustly terminating the pensions and benefits of these retirees, and has authored legislation to renew and extend the Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC).

Unjustly Terminated Pensions

December 9, 2015 – Rep. Turner requests that the PBGC Inspector General conduct an inquiry into pension plan documents. 

June 24, 2015 – Rep. Turner requests PBGC Inspector General conduct inquiry into delays completing key Delphi pension plan documents.     

August 15, 2013 – The Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) issues audit requested by Rep. Turner of Treasury’s role in Delphi pension decisions.

July 10, 2012 – The Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs  held a hearing requested by Rep. Turner.  Auto Task Force staff called to testify.  

HCTC

In June, the IRS announced it would follow the law and establish the Health Tax Credit’s (HCTC) advance monthly payment (AMP) program by July 1. 

In April, Congressman Turner led a bipartisan group of Members in writing to IRS Commissioner Koskinen urging the IRS to implement the law in accordance with the law, following IRS’s announcement that they would fail to meet the deadline for implementation of the HCTC’s AMP.

In October, Congressman Turner sent a letter with Senator Rob Portman to Commissioner Koskinen in support of the IRS quickly implementing the HCTC Advance Payment Program.

In June of last year, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Trade Preferences Extension Act. This law includes a provision Congressman Turner authored to renew and extend HCTC. 

In November 2014, Congressmen Turner and Tim Ryan and sent a bipartisan letter to House leadership reaffirming our strong support for the passage of an extension of the HCTC as a part of the year-end tax extenders bill before the 113th Congress adjourned for the year.

In March 2014, Congressmen Turner and Ryan joined a delegation of 28 Members and Senators from across the country in sending a letter to both House and Senate leadership pushing of the extension of the HCTC.

In July 2013, Congressman Turner and Ryan introduced legislation that would have provided the Delphi Salaried Retirees and other eligible individuals the choice of continuing within the HCTC program past the program’s termination date, or upon leaving the program. 

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