House votes to boost retirement savings

The House on Thursday passed a bipartisan bill aimed at boosting retirement savings that also fixes an issue with the GOP tax law.

The bill, known as the SECURE Act, passed by a vote of 417-3. The three lawmakers who voted against the bill were GOP Reps. Justin AmashJustin AmashMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump McCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Amash responds to Trump Jr. primary threat with Russia joke MORE (Mich.), Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieHouse conservative's procedural protest met with bipartisan gripes House conservative's procedural protest met with bipartisan gripes Trump signs long-awaited .1B disaster aid bill MORE (Ky.) and Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyOn The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill House conservative's procedural protest met with bipartisan gripes MORE (Texas).

The bill includes a number of provisions designed to encourage businesses to offer retirement plans and to make it easier for people to save for their retirements.

These include provisions that would make it easier for small businesses to join together to offer retirement plans, treat graduate students’ stipends as compensation for purposes concerning individual retirement accounts (IRA), allow long-term and part-time workers to participate in companies’ 401(k) plans, and eliminate the age maximum for contributing to IRAs.

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“This is the most substantive promotion of retirement savings in the last 15 years,” said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard NealRichard Edmund NealSchiff blasts DOJ over memo on withholding Trump tax returns Schiff blasts DOJ over memo on withholding Trump tax returns On The Money: DOJ offers legal opinion backing refusal to release Trump tax returns | Centrist Democrats raise concerns over minimum wage | Trump bashes Powell ahead of crucial Fed meeting | Design leaks for Harriet Tubman bill MORE (D-Mass.).

The bill also would reverse changes that the GOP tax law made to a tax on children’s unearned income known as the “kiddie tax.”

Republicans aimed in their 2017 law to simplify the kiddie tax, which was originally created in the 1986 tax law to prevent wealthy people from avoiding taxes. However, the changes unintentionally ended up raising taxes on certain income received by children, such as benefits received by the children of deceased military members and first responders.

“What this tax bill did to Gold Star families was wrong, but I’ve been heartened to see so many of my colleagues join me in a bipartisan effort to right this wrong,” said Rep. Elaine LuriaElaine Goodman LuriaOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One House panel approves 3B defense policy bill House panel approves 3B defense policy bill MORE (D-Va.), who has been a leader in the efforts to reverse the tax increase.

When the Ways and Means Committee approved the retirement bill in April, the bill included provisions that would allow 529 education savings plans to be used for homeschooling expenses and certain nontuition expenses related to K-12 education. But those provisions were removed.

Neal said earlier this week that the two 529 provisions were removed because a considerable number of Democrats objected to them, while Republicans attributed to removal to the desires of “special interest” teachers unions.

Republicans were disappointed by the removal of the 529 provisions, but nearly every GOP lawmaker still voted for the bill.

“I am very encouraged by the underlying bill we have in front of us,” said Ways and Means Committee ranking member Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyFirst major 'Medicare for All' hearing sharpens attacks on both sides First major 'Medicare for All' hearing sharpens attacks on both sides House passes bipartisan IRS reform bill without 'Free File' provision MORE (R-Texas). "It will greatly benefit our workers. It deserves strong support.”

There is bipartisan interest in both chambers of Congress in passing legislation to increase retirement savings.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Defense: Pompeo blames Iran for oil tanker attacks | House panel approves 3B defense bill | Trump shares designs for red, white and blue Air Force One On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill MORE (R-Iowa) and ranking member Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOn The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill On The Money: Pelosi says no debt ceiling hike until deal on spending caps | McConnell pressures White House to strike budget deal | Warren bill would wipe out billions in student debt | Senate passes IRS reform bill Senate passes bipartisan IRS modernization bill MORE (D-Ore.) have introduced a bill that has a number of similarities to the bill that passed the House, and Sens. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanHouse passes bill to establish DHS cyber 'first responder' teams House passes bill to establish DHS cyber 'first responder' teams Democrats needle GOP on standing up to Trump MORE (R-Ohio) and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinProposed bipartisan kidney legislation takes on kidney disease epidemic in America Lawmakers raise security concerns about China building NYC subway cars House votes to boost retirement savings MORE (D-Md.) also recently introduced a package on retirement savings.

The Senate retirement bills don’t include the kiddie tax fix, but the Senate earlier this week passed a stand-alone bill to undo the tax increase on military survivor benefits received by children.

Updated at 11:54 a.m.