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H.R. 191 (116th): EPIC Act

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About the bill

Should House or Senate members receive a taxpayer-funded pension in retirement?


Members of Congress who served at least five years are eligible for a pension once they reach a certain age.

As of 2016, 611 retired or defeated members of Congress were collecting pensions. This amounted to $36.1 million in taxpayer money spent per year.

Members elected before 1984 receive an average pension of $74,028. Members elected after 1984, when pension rules changed, receive an average of $41,076.

What the bill does

The End Pensions in Congress (EPIC) Act would do exactly what its name implies.

More accurately, it would end pensions for all future Congress members, as well as any currently serving who have not yet reached the five years of service necessary to merit a pension. Anybody …

Sponsor and status

Thomas Massie

Sponsor. Representative for Kentucky's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Jan 3, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 3, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Jan 3, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 191 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 191. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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