SENATE RESOLUTION 575--SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL RETIREMENT SECURITY WEEK, INCLUDING RAISING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE VARIOUS TAX-PREFERRED RETIREMENT VEHICLES, INCREASING PERSONAL...; Congressional Record Vol. 162, No. 145
(Senate - September 26, 2016)

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  SENATE RESOLUTION 575--SUPPORTING THE GOALS AND IDEALS OF NATIONAL 
  RETIREMENT SECURITY WEEK, INCLUDING RAISING PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE 
    VARIOUS TAX-PREFERRED RETIREMENT VEHICLES, INCREASING PERSONAL 
FINANCIAL LITERACY, AND ENGAGING THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES ON THE 
   KEYS TO SUCCESS IN ACHIEVING AND MAINTAINING RETIREMENT SECURITY 
                       THROUGHOUT THEIR LIFETIMES

  Mr. ENZI (for himself, Mr. Cardin, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Wyden, and Ms. 
Collins) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and 
agreed to:

                              S. Res. 575

       Whereas people in the United States are living longer and 
     the cost of retirement is increasing significantly;
       Whereas Social Security remains the bedrock of retirement 
     income for the great majority of the people of the United 
     States but was never intended by Congress to be the sole 
     source of retirement income for families;
       Whereas recent data from the Employee Benefit Research 
     Institute indicates that, in the United States--
       (1) only approximately \2/3\ of workers or the spouses of 
     those workers are saving for retirement; and
       (2) the amount that workers have saved for retirement is 
     much less than the amount those workers need to adequately 
     fund their retirement years;
       Whereas the financial literacy of workers in the United 
     States is important so that those workers understand the need 
     to save for retirement;
       Whereas saving for retirement is a key component of overall 
     financial health and security during retirement years and the 
     importance of financial literacy in planning for retirement 
     must be advocated;
       Whereas many workers may not--
       (1) be aware of the various options in saving for 
     retirement; or
       (2) have focused on the importance of, and need for, saving 
     for retirement and successfully achieving retirement 
     security;

       Whereas, although many employees have access through their 
     employers to defined benefit and defined contribution plans 
     to assist the employees in preparing for retirement, many of 
     those employees may not be taking advantage of those plans at 
     all or to the full extent allowed by Federal law;
       Whereas saving for retirement is necessary even during 
     economic downturns or market declines, which makes continued 
     contributions all the more important;
       Whereas all workers, including public and private sector 
     employees, employees of tax-exempt organizations, and self-
     employed individuals, can benefit from developing personal 
     budgets and financial plans that include retirement savings 
     strategies that take advantage of tax-preferred retirement 
     savings vehicles;
       Whereas effectively and sustainably withdrawing retirement 
     resources throughout the retirement years of an individual is 
     as important and crucial as saving and accumulating funds for 
     retirement; and
       Whereas the week of October 16 through October 22, 2016, 
     has been designated as ``National Retirement Security Week'': 
     Now, therefore, be it
       Resolved, That the Senate--
       (1) supports the goals and ideals of National Retirement 
     Security Week, including raising public awareness of the 
     importance of saving adequately for retirement;
       (2) acknowledges the need to raise public awareness of a 
     variety of tax-preferred retirement vehicles that are used by 
     many people in the United States but could be used by more; 
     and
       (3) calls on States, localities, schools, universities, 
     nonprofit organizations, businesses, other entities, and the 
     people of the United States to observe National Retirement 
     Security Week with appropriate programs and activities, with 
     the goal of increasing the retirement savings and personal 
     financial literacy of all people in the United States, 
     thereby enhancing the retirement security of the people of 
     the United States.

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