Major retirement legislation that would impact tens of millions of Americans and the security of a million-plus union pensioners hangs in the balance when lawmakers return to Washington on September 9th.

The first order of business will be moving 12 spending bills to fund the government for fiscal year 2020 by the end of the month. Ten of the 12 bills have already passed out of the House; in the Senate, committees of jurisdiction have held hearings. There will be a lot of work to get done if the upper chamber is to meet its end-of-fiscal-year deadline to fund the government.

That workload stands to potentially crowd out three retirement bills: The SECURE Act, the Butch Lewis Act, and the Retirement Savings and Security Act, all of which have some level of bipartisan support.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.