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    This page contains bills sponsored by incumbent Senators who are running for re-election in 2008, plus House incumbents running for Senate in 2008. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on. These bills are selected as the "signature issue" that each legislator focused on.

08-S1288 on Mar 6, 2008

Signature Legislation: requiring small businesses to allow automatic IRA deposits
Source: Women's Retirement Security Act (HR5543/S1288)
Women's Retirement Security Act of 2008: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to increase the retirement security of women and small business owners. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to:
  1. require certain small employers who do not provide retirement plans for their employees to allow eligible employees to participate in a payroll deposit individual retirement account arrangement (automatic IRA);
  2. expand eligibility for the tax credit for retirement savings contributions (saver's credit) and make such credit refundable;
  3. allow part-time employees to participate in qualified cash or deferred arrangements;
  4. allow the transfer of up to $500 of unused health plan benefits to qualified retirement plans;
  5. treat wage replacement income (e.g., disability pay or unemployment compensation) as earned income for purposes of IRA contribution limits; and
  6. allow self-employed individuals to deduct pension plan contributions from their self-employment income.


  • Topic: Social Security
  • Headline: Require small businesses to allow automatic IRA deposits
  • Headline 2: Require small businesses to allow automatic IRA deposits

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 08-S1288

Tom Allen s1iMaine Democrat (Retiring 2008) 
Shelley Berkley s2oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Jeff Bingaman s2oNM Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Steve Cohen s2oTennessee Democrat 
Kent Conrad s2oND Democrat Sr Senator (Retiring) 
Gabby Giffords s2oArizona Democrat (Resigned 2012) 
John Kerry s2oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jerry McNerney s2oCalifornia Democrat 



Republicans participating in 08-S1288

Phil English s2oPennsylvania Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Gordon Harold Smith s1iOR Former Republican Senator (lost re-election, 2008) 
Olympia Snowe s2oME Republican Sr Senator 



Independents participating in 08-S1288

Ginny Brown-Waite s2oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 3
Independents: 1


















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