Legislative Update For The Week Ending August 26, 2011

Legislative Update For The Week Ending August 26, 2011

Action on Capitol Hill remained slow this week, as both Houses of Congress have adjourned for the August recess. However, The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) did see support grow for two key pieces of legislation.

Members of Congress Support Key Legislation

This week, sixteen new cosponsors signed on to H.CON.RES. 72, which expresses the sense of Congress that Social Security and Medicare should be protected from benefit cuts by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. This cosponsor surge brings the total up to 28.

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction was created under the Budget Control Act of 2011, and is charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit cuts by Thanksgiving. It will likely consider proposals to reform Social Security and Medicare.

Also this week, one new cosponsor – Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11) – signed on to Rep. John Duncan’s CPI for Seniors Act (H.R. 1086). The cosponsor total for this bill is now at 11.

Congressional Recess Continues

Members of the Senate will return to Capitol Hill on September 6th, and Members of the House of Representatives will return on September 7th. TSCL would like to remind you to approach your Members of Congress at local events and request their support for a fair Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) and other key issues.