A survey of 120 chief financial officers and comptrollers found that more than 80 percent of the executives are in favor of rules that would make it harder for bankrupt companies to turn over pension obligations to the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corp.

The proposed changes are still being debated in Congress, as the House and Senate weigh the merits of special pension exemptions for certain industries or even for specific companies. Other bill versions would require some companies to pay higher premiums to the PBGC.

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