Oct. 29, 2009: CONGRESSMAN RYAN SUPPORTS DELPHI RETIREES AT SENATE COMMITTEE HEARING
Joined Committee Member Senator Sherrod Brown and Delphi Retiree Representative Bruce Gump, House Hearing to Follow
Washington, DC—Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-17) appeared before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions today to speak on behalf of Delphi retirees. Congressman Ryan was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown, a Member of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. In his remarks, Congressman Ryan thanked the Obama Administration for their assistance with GM pensions and health care assistance, and addressed the major cuts in the pensions and benefits of Delphi retirees. In addition, Congressman Ryan introduced Mr. Bruce Gump, a constituent from Warren, Ohio, who testified as the Representative of the Delphi Retirees.
“I was pleased to join Senator Brown at his committee hearing to discuss an issue we both care deeply about, and to introduce my friend, Bruce Gump, who has been a strong voice on behalf of his fellow Delphi Retirees,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “I will continue to work to ensure that the Delphi Retirees have their story heard, and I look forward to the upcoming hearing in the House on this issue.”
The pension and benefit cuts are estimated to affect over 70,000 retirees across the nation, of which over 5,000 retirees live in Ohio’s 17th Congressional District. Last week, Congressman Ryan announced the decision of the House Committee on Education and Labor to conduct a hearing on the pension and healthcare benefit reductions caused by the Delphi Corporation bankruptcy. The decision was made after a request made by Congressman Ryan to Committee Chairman George Miller (Committee on Education and Labor) and Subcommittee Chairman Rob Andrews (Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions).
A date has not yet been confirmed for the House hearing.
For a YouTube clip of Congressman Ryan’s remarks at Today’s Hearing, please click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRolyI148OA