Most Michigan reps. vote to protect union pensions
The U.S. House on Wednesday passed a bill aimed at salvaging union pensions, an issue close to the hearts of many Michigan lawmakers. Known as the “Butch Lewis Act” in honor of a retired Ohio Teamster, H.R. 397, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.), would impact roughly 43,000 workers in Michigan and 1.3 million nationwide, supporters said. The legislation passed 264-169, with the Michigan delegation split 10-4. U.S. Reps. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet), Bill Huizenga (R-Zeeland) and Tim Walberg (R-Tipton) crossed over to vote with Democrats. U.S. Rep. Justin Amash (I-Cascade Twp.) voted no, along with other Republicans. Eight Michigan lawmakers co-sponsored the bill, with U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) as an original co-sponsor. Huizenga is the lone Michigan GOP sponsor, joining U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee (D-Flint), Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.), Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) and Haley Stevens (D-Rochester).