In the last Congress, 136 members of the House – more than half the Democratic caucus –co-signed a letter to President Obama opposing all Social Security benefit cuts, including increases in the retirement age, and privatization of the program. The supporters were not just progressives (83% support), but also 31% of New Democrats and 15% of Blue Dogs signed on. Also, 57 members co-sponsored House Resolution 1670 opposing an increase in the retirement age, sponsored by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ). Combining the signers of the Grijalva letter and the supporters of the Giffords resolution, 147 House members took a stand against raising the retirement age.
However, this year the Administration implemented a $1,000 per person “payroll tax cut”, which decreased workers’ individual contributions to the Social Security System. If the concern of Congress and the Administration were that Social Security needs more assets, this is not the way to strengthen the System. This effectively is cutting workers’ savings instead of cutting spending abroad, in order to stimulate the economy.
Strengthen Social Security Coalition:Legislative Director, Alison Reardon, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-454-6190
National Organization for Women [NOW] http://www.now.org/issues/economic/social/index.html
Our Senators are good on this issue, but they still need to hear from you: