Senators offer bipartisan bill on retirement savings for grad students

Senators offer bipartisan bill on retirement savings for grad students
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A bipartisan group of senators on Monday offered legislation aimed at helping graduate students save for retirement. 

The bill — from Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Sanders doubles down on Bolivia 'coup,' few follow suit Overnight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul MORE (D-Mass.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy Hillicon Valley: Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract in court | State antitrust investigation into Google expands | Intel agencies no longer collecting location data without warrant Senators introduce bipartisan bill restricting police use of facial recognition tech MORE (R-Utah), Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Top GOP senator: Drug pricing action unlikely before end of year Senate aides met with tax return whistleblower: report MORE (D-Ore.) and Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottOn The Money: Appeals court clears way for Congress to seek Trump financial records | Fed chief urges Congress to boost US workforce | Federal deficit hits 4 billion in one month | China talks hit snag over agricultural purchases GOP senator blasts Dem bills on 'opportunity zones' Lindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight MORE (R-S.C.) — would allow graduate students to put money from stipends and fellowships into tax-deferred individual retirement accounts (IRAs). Under current law, stipend and fellowship funds are not treated as compensation that can be deposited into an IRA.

"This bipartisan bill opens a door for students who want to do the right thing and start saving early for their futures," Warren said in a news release. Warren and Lee previously introduced the bill last year. 

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The bill's reintroduction comes as the White House and congressional Republicans aim to pass a tax reform bill by the end of the year. GOP leaders on the tax reform effort have said they want a bill to preserve and streamline incentives for retirement savings. 
 
"Encouraging both educational progress and retirement savings is a win-win," said Scott, a member of the tax-writing Senate Finance Committee. "I'm glad to join a bipartisan group of Senators in this effort to make a commonsense adjustment to our tax code."
 
The senators' bill is endorsed by several businesses and labor groups, including Fidelity Investments, the Service Employees International Union and the American Federation of Teachers.