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Public Policy: Social Security
1/14/2017

Strengthening Social Security & Medicare, Opposing Privatization, Defending Affordable Care Act top NCPSSM’s 2017 Legislative Agenda.

12/15/2016

While some in Washington claim America can’t afford programs like Social Security and Medicare, the truth is states simply can’t afford to lose the economic benefits these programs provide to every community in our nation. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has released state-by-state snapshots of how much revenue Social Security contributes to the economy of every Congressional District in each state and US territory.

10/25/2016

Lawmakers, candidates and columnists who support cutting Social Security benefits and/or privatizing the program often claim that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme.”  The history and facts about Ponzi schemes demonstrates that the accusation is absurd.

8/19/2016

Social Security protects families in the event that a worker retires, becomes disabled or dies. These guaranteed insurance benefits are especially crucial to people of color who tend to have fewer alternative resources, become disabled at higher rates, and rely on Social Security's family benefit features disproportionately. Social Security provides many elderly Hispanics with their sole or primary source of income in retirement.
8/18/2016

It is estimated that there are about 11 million undocumented workers in the United States today. These immigrants come to our country to work.  They contribute to the economic health of our nation.  They also make substantial contributions to Social Security through the payroll tax, even though neither they nor their families are eligible to receive benefits.  The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare believes that bringing undocumented workers into our national family would be beneficial for the country and good for Social Security as well. 

6/28/2016

Since its inception, Social Security has been the foundation on which America’s retirement security rests.  It has demonstrated its strength by paying benefits without interruption in good times and bad, during periods of recession and disaster and during recovery and healing.  The program’s durability is demonstrated yet again in this year’s Trustees Report. The report is good news for working Americans and for seniors.


6/16/2016

The nation’s current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour has not been increased since 2007.  In 2013, President Obama proposed increasing the nation’s minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.  The Raise the Wage Act of 2015 (S. 1150 and H.R. 2150), introduced by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Bobby Scott, would increase the minimum wage from its current rate of $7.25 per hour in three steps – to $8.00 three months after enactment, $10.00 after two years, $11.00 after three years and $12.00 after four years.  Although many retirees may question what impact an increase in the minimum wage would have on their lives, the increase could make a difference for seniors.
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Scrapping the Cap: National Committee endorses Bernie’s new Social Security Bill; Marks the Day Millionaires Stop Paying Payroll Taxes.

Senator Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter DeFazio introduced landmark legislation yesterday to keep Social Security solvent for the next six decades --- without cutting anyone’s benefits. The National Committee endorses the bill, titled the Social Security Expansion Act, introduced on the day when the average millionaire reaches the payroll tax income cap of $127,000 per year.

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