Employee Benefits Committee

This committee develops Chamber policy recommendations on all employee benefit issues: health care, pension and retirement plans, and other employer-provided benefits, as well as public programs such as Social Security and Medicare.  The committee oversees the Chamber's response to employee benefit legislation pending before all congressional committees of jurisdiction as well as regulatory initiatives before administrative agencies.  The committee has a Retirement Plans Subcommittee, which works on those issues in more technical detail than the full committee.

Recent Activity

LetterDec 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

Letter to Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal on Bills Introduced to Delay PPACA Taxes

On December 14th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and Ranking Member Richard Neal regarding bills recently introduced to delay PPACA taxes imposed on health insurance premiums, medical devices, businesses, and consumers.       December 14, 2017  

CommentDec 11, 2017 - 1:45pm

Comments to the DOL Regarding Extension of Applicability Date for Claims Procedure for Plans Providing Disability Benefits

On December 11th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted this comment letter to the Department of Labor in response to the agency’s request for data and information regarding the proposed Extension of Applicability Date for Claims Procedure for Plans Providing Disability Benefits.

LetterNov 15, 2017 - 11:45am

Letter on State Auto-Enrollment IRA Programs and ERISA

To determine if the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) might impact viability of mandated auto-enrollment IRA programs created through state legislation (“State Auto-Enrollment IRA Programs”), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce requested Eversheds Sutherland (US) to examine whether state auto-IRA plans are preempted by ERISA and/or could be considered ERISA plans.  

LetterNov 13, 2017 - 1:30pm

Letter to Members of the U.S. Senate Supporting the Nomination of Preston Rutledge to Assistant Secretary of Labor at EBSA

On November 13, 2017 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to all members of the U.S. Senate to support the nomination of Preston Rutledge to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor at the Employee Benefits Security Administration.     

LetterNov 06, 2017 - 1:30pm

Letter to Chairman Walberg and Ranking Member Sablan Supporting H.R. 4158, the "Retirement Plan Modernization Act"

On November 6, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to the House Education and the Workforce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Subcommittee Chairman Tim Walberg and Ranking Member Gregorio Sablan in support of H.R. 4158, the "Retirement Plan Modernization Act." H.R.

LetterNov 02, 2017 - 1:15pm

Key Vote Alert! Letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Supporting H.R. 849, the "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017"

On November 11, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this Key Vote Alert!  letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 849, the "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017," which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).    

CommentOct 27, 2017 - 1:00pm

Coalition Comments to DOL Regarding Claims Procedure for Plans Providing Disability Benefits

On October 27, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce along with several other trade associations sent a comment letter to the Employee Benefits Security Administration Acting Assistant Secretary, Mr. Timothy Hauser in response to the Department of Labor's Proposed Regulation that would delay the applicability date of the rule amending disability claims procedures (81 Fed Reg. 92316 (Dec.