Heitkamp Speaks at Central States Pension Committee Meeting

She is on a bipartisan committee aimed at solving the pension crisis

FARGO, N.D. — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) attended the Central States Pension Committee meeting to talk about the pension crisis.

Potential cuts to the current system threaten thousands of retirees across the country.

Heitkamp is on a bipartisan congressional pension committee tasked with solving the problem.

About 2,000 North Dakotan workers have paid into the Central States Pension Plan.

Without a pension plan, retirees would have to rely solely on Social Security.

“I’m 80. Where am I going find work if this pension goes away? Everyone in this room is in the same boat. A lot of us it’s physical job that we did. We don’t have the strength that we use to have,” said Bob McNattin, a retired truck driver.

The congressional committee will hold hearings over the next few months to discuss how to improve the pension system.

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