Rep. George Miller, D-Calif. Photo: AP

Congress will vote Thursday on a $1.1 trillion spending plan that includes a provision to help out the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. by letting financially ailing multiemployer pension plans cut retiree benefits for the first time in 40 years.

Opponents to the provision were trying to get additional House members to oppose the last-minute 161-page bill, which was attached to the massive spending plan during a lame-duck session of Congress.

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