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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974A Political History$
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James Wooten

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520242739

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520242739.001.0001

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A Donnybrook in the House

A Donnybrook in the House

(p.217) 7 A Donnybrook in the House
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974

James A. Wooten

University of California Press

In August 1973, John Dent was taken to task by the president of the Steelworkers union. In September, the House Labor Committee found its jurisdiction over pension reform in jeopardy. The Senate bill included both a portability program and termination insurance. There was to be “a Donnybrook” if H.R. 2 went to the floor without one. Al Ullman warned that if the House acted too quickly, it would send an “irresponsible” bill to conference with “a pretty lousy bill from the Senate.” John Dent and Ullman’s deal on jurisdiction avoided a political brawl, but no one tried to defend it as good policy. The agreement was fundamentally different from the Senate compromise. When H.R. 2 reached the Senate on March 4, the Senate quickly substituted the provisions of H.R. 4200 for the language of the House bill.

Keywords:   Donnybrook, House bill, House Labor Committee, Al Ullman, John Dent, Senate, Steelworkers union

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