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H.R. 191: 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 ...

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)

Introduced on Jan 3, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 3, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 3, 2019

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H.R. 191 is 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.

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