The Insured Retirement Institute, citing action by regulators, proposed legislation in Congress and the creation of a new retirement caucus on Capitol Hill, suggested on Thursday that the nation is at a watershed moment with respect to retirement issues. 

"There has never been more focus on retirement security issues in Washington, and there has never been a greater commitment from our policymakers to tackle these challenges head-on," IRI CEO Cathy Weatherford said in addressing attendees at the association's 2015 Marketing Summit. 

"This presents a dynamic opportunity to advance sensible solutions to address the retirement income challenges facing many Americans. Our industry is well-positioned to help lead this effort," she said. 

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