Legislative Update For The Week Ending January 14, 2011

Legislative Update For The Week Ending January 14, 2011

Congress This Week

This week, the House of Representatives was scheduled to consider legislation which would repeal the health care reform law.  However, due to the tragic shooting in Arizona over the weekend—which left six people dead, eleven wounded, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-8) clinging to life—the House schedule was cleared.

The only order of business was a resolution which “condemns in the strongest possible terms the horrific attack which occurred.”  The resolution was passed unanimously.  The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) offers its condolences to the victims, friends, and families of those who were murdered or injured and wishes every surviving victim a speedy and successful recovery.

The Senate was not in session and is scheduled to return on January 25th.

Social Security Notch Legislation Introduced

This week, Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (MO-8) introduced H.R. 239, The Notch Baby Act.  The Notch Baby Act, if signed into law, would grant an improved benefit computation for those born between 1917 and 1926, Notch Babies. The formula is slightly different than that used in Rep. Ralph Hall’s (TX-4) Notch Fairness Act and does not have a cap on costs.