January 28, 2014

For additional information:
Jason Hammersla
office 202-289-6700
cell 202-422-4652 (cell)

Council available to comment on State of the Union address

WHO: James A. Klein, American Benefits Council President
Lynn Dudley, senior vice president, retirment and international benefits policy
WHAT: President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28, is expected to detail his domestic policy agenda for the coming year, which may include initiatives related to employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits. A recent Associated Press report indicated that the President will discuss intended executive action with regard to "boosting retirement security."

American Benefits Council staff will be available to comment on employee benefits issues related to the President's remarks - or the Republican response - before and after the speech.
WHERE: Interviews may be conducted via phone, e-mail or in person at the Council offices at 1501 M Street, Suite 600, Washington DC.
WHEN: Any time following receipt of this advisory until 6:00 p.m. Tuesday and following the State of the Union address; including the day following the President's speech. After 6:00 p.m., please see the contact information below.
CONTACT: For interviews with Council staff following President Obama's message, please contact Jason Hammersla, Council director, communications, at (202) 422-4652. You may also reach James A. Klein directly at (202) 494-4300 or Lynn Dudley directly at (703) 615-1990.

For other queries, or to schedule an interview during business hours, contact Hammersla at or by phone at 202-289-6700.

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The American Benefits Council is the national trade association for companies concerned about federal legislation and regulations affecting all aspects of the employee benefits system. The Council's members represent the entire spectrum of the private employee benefits community and either sponsor directly or administer retirement and health plans covering more than 100 million Americans.