Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's promise to put Social Security reform
on the legislative agenda this fall has many seniors asking...why? America's retirees understand the need to strengthen Social Security for future generations. For them, Social Security isn't just a political issue -- it's what pays the bills. But given the long list of critical challenges this nation faces right now
...it's hard to imagine why Social Security would share space at the top of the legislative priority list with issues like health care reform, economic recovery and climate change. After all, Social Security is able to pay full benefits for at least 30 more years
Here's Roll Call's
coverage of Hoyer's comments:
"Of our entitlement programs, I believe we would have the easiest challenge in reforming Social Security," Hoyer said. "Frankly, I believe Social Security is not very difficult mathematically. It may be difficult politically, but not mathematically."
But again, why now? Some worry Social Security will be used as a bargaining chip
in the healthcare debate, others see this as part of ongoing efforts
to balance the budget through entitlement program cuts.
Thankfully the House leadership understands that fast tracking such important legislation through Congress is not the way to go. Congress Daily reports:
While some lawmakers have proposed forming a commission to reform entitlements and the tax code, Hoyer said he preferred to go through regular legislative order, adding that he wants the public to be engaged in the entitlement reform process. "If the incentives are going to change, the voters have to be the ones to change them," Hoyer said.
Legislation creating an entitlement commission was also introduced yesterday. The SAFE Commission
would fast-track Social Security and tax reforms through just six town hall meetings before creating a report. Then within 60 days of this report, the commission would submit a legislative proposal that would be subject to an up-or-down vote within another 60 days.
Leaving seniors to ask not only, "Why now? but also "Why the rush?"