Harley Rouda

Reps. Rouda and Mast introduce bipartisan Fairness for Early Withdrawers Act

Congressman Harley Rouda (D-CA-48) and Brian Mast (R-FL-18) introduced H.R. 7016, the bipartisan Fairness for Early Withdrawers Act, to safeguard American’s retirement savings during the coronavirus pandemic. H.R. 7016 would ensure that individuals can re-contribute all 2020 required minimum distributions back into their retirement accounts.

“Older Americans should not be forced to drain their hard-earned retirement savings during a pandemic,” said Rouda. “This bipartisan legislation is a common-sense fix that extends flexibility already provided to millions of other retirees. While this bill is a crucial correction — it is not enough. I will keep fighting to ensure Americans can survive the coronavirus crisis without risking financial ruin.”

“Coronavirus has had a devastating financial impact on so many people in our community, especially those who were forced to take money from their retirement savings to make ends meet. It is absolutely critical that we not penalize anyone for making an early withdrawal from their retirement account,” said Mast. “This bill is about doing the right thing and helping people when they need it most.”

Earlier this year, Congress passed the CARES Act, which waived 2020 required minimum distributions (RMDs) for defined contribution retirement accounts, including 401(k)s and traditional Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). H.R. 7016, the Fairness for Early Withdrawers Act, builds on that legislation by waiving the 60-day rollover rule.

Reps. Rouda and Mast were joined in introducing this legislation by Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA-01) and Joe Courtney (D-CT-02).

This article was released by the Office of Congressman Harley Rouda.