I think we need to get Schumer, a founding member of the Senate’s Strengthen Social Security Caucus, to cosponsor Harkin’s bill, or explain why not!!!! See items below. Doug Nobel

S. 567: Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013
Introduced:Mar 14, 2013 (113th Congress, 2013–2015)Sponsor:Sen. Thomas
“Tom” Harkin [D-IA]Status: Referred to Committee
This bill was assigned to a congressional committee on March 14,
2013, which will consider it before possibly sending it on to the
House or Senate as a whole.
Cosponsors: none !!!!!!


Social Security Caucus Has True Grit—Who Else Will Join
By Josh Rosenblum | January 27, 2011

The Social Security Caucus, who could also be known as the “True Grit”
Caucus began meeting today in the U.S. Senate. Senator Senator Chuck
Schumer (D-NY) today called
Social Security “the most successful program our country has ever
seen” at the news conference announcing the caucus. The group of six
Senators that began meeting today in support of Social Security are
willing to stand up to the villains who would take away the great
program like common thieves…Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) joined
Schumer, the founder of the caucus Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Barbara
Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown
(D-OH), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in becoming a founding member of
the caucus.

Also standing with the Senators in addition to Kennelly were Nancy
Altman and Eric Kingson, co-chairs of the Strengthen Social Security
Campaign, Roger Hickey, co-director of the Campaign for America’s
Future, Richard Fiesta, Director of Government and Political Affairs
at the Alliance for Retired Americans.
Schumer steps up Social Security assault on House Republicans

By Alexander Bolton – 01/27/11 08:28 PM ET

Senate Democrats led by Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Bernie
Sanders (I-Vt.) are gearing up for a battle with House Republicans
over Medicare and Social Security benefits.

Schumer and other Democratic strategists see Medicare and Social
Security as winning political issues that can help them regain the
momentum they lost over the last two years.

Schumer, who has taken over the Senate Democrats’ communications
operation, delivered some of his most direct shots at House GOP

“They want to privatize Social Security,” Schumer said of Republicans.
“Privatize equals end — no more.”

“The fact that five senators are for privatizing Social Security shows
we’re not crying wolf here,” Schumer said. “This is a serious movement
to undo the most successful government program of the 20th century.”

Schumer, Sanders and several other Democrats have formed the Senate
Social Security Caucus, which held its first meeting Thursday.

Schumer scores 90% on senior issues by the Alliance for Retired Americans

Thank the Senators Who Are Defending Social Security.
by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (Notes)
on Friday, February 18, 2011 at 11:27am…

Take a moment and tell the members of the Senate’s Defend Social
Security Caucus “Thanks” for fighting to protect Social Security.
We’re depending on them to take Social Security OUT of this budget
debate. See the full list members and their Facebook pages below:

Please go to these Senators’ Facebook pages and tell them Thanks for
joining the Defend Social Security Caucus on their Facebook walls.
They are on the front line of the Washington deficit debate and are
currently outnumbered by fiscal hawks who want to use our current
deficit crisis as an excuse to avoid paying back the money Washington
owes to the Social Security trust fund. That’s our money and should
not be used to balance the budget. Ask these members to fight to Take
Social Security OUT of this budget debate. Social Security didn’t
cause our deficits and should NOT be used to pay them down. In order
to comment on their pages, you will have to “Like” the page first.

Sen. Daniel Akaka at http://www.facebook.com/danielakaka

Sen. Richard Blumenthal http://www.facebook.com/dickblumenthal

Sen. Barbara Boxer http://www.facebook.com/barbaraboxer

Sen. Sherrod Brown http://www.facebook.com/sherrod

Sen. Tom Harkin http://www.facebook.com/senatorharkin

Sen. Frank Lautenberg http://www.facebook.com/franklautenberg

Sen. Jeff Merkley http://www.facebook.com/jeffmerkley

Sen. Barbara Mikulski http://www.facebook.com/senatorbarb

Sen. Bernie Sanders http://www.facebook.com/senatorsanders

Sen. Chuck Schumer http://www.facebook.com/chuckschumer

Sen. Debbie Stabenow http://www.facebook.com/stabenow

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

Summit Draws Together Supporters of Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid, Veterans Benefits

WASHINGTON – May 8, 2013 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted a summit
meeting today on Capitol Hill with seniors, veterans and other
grassroots groups united to protect Social Security, Medicare,
Medicaid and veterans from budget cuts proposed by congressional
Republicans and some Democrats.

The event drew hundreds of opponents of a proposal by President Barack
Obama to cut cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security and
disabled veterans by revising how the consumer price index is

Sanders is the founder of the Defending Social Security Caucus and
chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. He was joined
by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Jack Reed
(D-R.I.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Reps. Keith Ellison
(D-Minn.), Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Ted
Deutch (D-Fla.).

The Alliance for Retired Americans, the National Committee to Preserve
Social Security and Medicare and the Strengthen Social Security
Campaign were among the organizations participating in the event.
Sanders also welcomed support from AARP; the AFL-CIO; MoveOn.Org; the
Campaign for America’s Future; the Center for Community Change;
Latinos for a Secure Retirement; the Paralyzed Veterans of America;
AMVETS and other groups that helped organize the summit.

Charles Schumer on Social Security
Democratic Sr Senator (NY)

Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security.
Voting YES would:
require that the Federal Old Age and Survivors Trust Fund be used only
to finance retirement income of future beneficiaries;
ensure that there is no change to benefits for individuals born before
January 1, 1951
provide participants with the benefits of savings and investment while
permitting the pre-funding of at least some portion of future
benefits; and
ensure that the funds made available to finance such legislation do
not exceed the amounts estimated to be actuarially available.
Proponents recommend voting YES because:

Perhaps the worst example of wasteful spending is when we take the
taxes people pay for Social Security and, instead of saving them, we
spend them on other things. Even worse than spending Social Security
on other things is we do not count it as debt when we talk about the
deficit every year. So using the Social Security money is actually a
way to hide even more wasteful spending without counting it as debt.
This Amendment would change that.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

This amendment has a fatal flaw. It leaves the door open for private
Social Security accounts by providing participants with the option of
“pre-funding of at least some portion of future benefits.”

This body has already closed the door on the President’s ill-conceived
plan for private Social Security accounts. The opposition to
privatization is well-known:
Privatizing Social Security does nothing to extend the solvency of the program.
Transition costs would put our Nation in greater debt by as much as
$4.9 trillion.
Creating private accounts would mean benefit cuts for retirees, by as
much as 40%.
Half of all American workers today have no pension plan from their
employers. It is critical that we protect this safety net.
Make no mistake about it, this is a stalking-horse for Social
Security. It looks good on the surface, but this is an amendment to
privatize Social Security.
Reference: Bill S.Amdt.489 on S.Con.Res.21 ; vote number 2007-089 on
Mar 22, 2007

Voted NO on using the Social Security Surplus to fund tax reductions.
Vote on a motion to table (or kill) the motion to recommit the bill to
the Senate Finance and Claims Committee with instructions directing
the committee to “correct the fact that the bill uses” Social Security
surpluses for tax breaks.
Reference: Bill S.1429 ; vote number 1999-236 on Jul 30, 1999

Voted NO on Social Security Lockbox & limiting national debt.
This vote limited debate on the amendment offered by Sen. Abraham
(R-MI) that would have created a Social Security “lockbox” and
establish limits on the public debt. [A YES vote was for a lockbox].
This vote failed because 3/5 of the Senate did not vote.
Status: Cloture Motion Rejected Y)54; N)45; NV)1
Reference: Motion to invoke cloture on Amdt #254 to S. 557; Bill S.
557 ; vote number 1999-90 on Apr 22, 1999

Voted NO on putting 90% of any budget surplus toward Social Security.
Vote to pass a bill to establish a ‘Protect Social Security Account’
to place 90 percent of any annual budget surpluses until a reform
measure is enacted to keep Social Security solvent long-term.
Reference: Bill HR 4578 ; vote number 1998-464HR on Sep 25, 1998

Source: ARA website 03n-ARA on Dec 31, 2003

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