January 24, 2012
For additional information:
Jason Hammersla

Council available to comment on State of the Union address

WHO: James A. Klein, president, American Benefits Council, and other Council staff
WHAT: President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 24, is expected to detail his domestic policy agenda for the coming year, which may include initiatives related to employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits as part of various must-do legislative items or deficit reduction initiatives.

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 Council President James A. Klein directly at (202) 494-4300.

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.