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  • Social Security Reform “Trigger” Buried in GOP Budget Resolution Says The Senior Citizens League (Washington, DC) – The House fiscal year 2018 budget resolution includes instructions for creating an unusual Social Security “reform trigger” and sets up an expedited path for ensuing legislation, says The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). “The budget resolution instructions are written in such a way that lawmakers and President Trump would almost certainly be required ...
  • Trump Budget Proposes $64 Billion In Social Security Disability Cuts By Mary Johnson, editor President Trump’s budget includes $64 billion in cuts from the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program over the next 10 years despite the President’s repeated campaign promises that he would not touch Social Security benefits. Trump’s budget Director Mick Mulvaney justified the cuts, arguing that SSDI was not technically part of “mainline” ...
  • Proposal That Would Boost Social Security Benefits For Caregivers Strongly Supported Women who receive Social Security benefits outnumber men who do by almost 18%, according to data from the Social Security Administration.  While women tend to outlive men, the average benefit received by women is 26% lower than the average benefit received by men. During women’s working years they tend to earn less than men for the ...
  • How Reforming Social Security Taxes Could Help You Much of the discussion about tax reform on Capitol Hill has focused on lowering corporate tax rates, and the taxes paid by the highest-income households. The GOP’s “Better Way” tax plan released in 2016 would affect everyone, including older Americans, because it reduces the seven income tax brackets, ranging from 10% – 39.6% to just ...
  • Will Trump Flip Flop On Social Security? By Mary Johnson, editor One of the biggest decisions President Trump will make in coming weeks is whether to sign legislation that would overhaul Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. On the campaign trail Trump repeatedly promised that he would not cut Social Security benefits. But his choice of budget director, Mick Mulvaney, who supports raising the ...
  • Benefit Bulletin: May 2017 Boosting Social Security May Boost Cognitive Function A severe decline in cognition is often an early warning signal of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Loss of cognitive function can seriously impair one’s ability to live independently, and, with our aging population, imposes a huge financial burden on patients and caregivers, as well as Medicare and Medicaid programs. ...
  • Which Is It? A Social Security Deficit, or Money Owed To The Social Security Trust Fund? A common debate is re-emerging this year over Social Security’s “deficit, ” as the federal borrowing limit looms.  The debt limit, which was suspended since late 2015, was re-instated on March 16th.  That debt limit sets the money the Treasury can borrow to pay for federal obligations, including money owed to the Social Security Trust ...
  • House Lawmakers Want Fast Action on Social Security and Medicare Overhauls By Mary Johnson, editor A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House recently announced they are working on plans to reform Social Security and Medicare, according to a recent story appearing in The Wall Street Journal.  The House Freedom Caucus, made up of 40 conservative House Republicans, intends to draft a plan overhauling both Social Security ...
  • Major COLA Cuts In House Social Security Overhaul Bill During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly promised that, as president, he would not touch Social Security.  But will he keep his word?  In December of last year, legislation was introduced by a House Republican leader that would mandate massive cuts to Social Security benefits. Representative Sam Johnson of Texas, Chairman of the House Ways and ...
  • Millionaires Need to Start Paying Their Fair Share (Washington, DC) – Seventy – nine percent of older Americans think the highest -earning workers should be paying Social Security taxes on all of their wages, just like other workers do, according to recent survey by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). “The issue is a top priority with older voters, many of whom are outraged ...
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