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A Donnybrook in the House

James A. Wooten

in The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780520242739
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931398 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520242739.003.0008
A Donnybrook in the House

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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

Chapter.  9894 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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