Legislative Update for Week Ending November 2, 2018

Legislative Update for Week Ending November 2, 2018

This week, lawmakers remained in their home states and districts to campaign for the upcoming midterm elections. They are expected to return to Washington in mid-November to begin the “lame duck” session.

Lawmakers Remain on Campaign Trail

This week, House and Senate lawmakers remained in their home states and districts to campaign for the midterm elections, which will take place next Tuesday, November 6th. They are expected to return to Capitol Hill to begin the “lame duck” session on Tuesday, November 13th.

In the days ahead, many Members of Congress who are up for re-election and their challengers will be hosting or attending campaign events in their home states and districts. The Senior Citizens League encourages its supporters to attend these events and to ask important questions of their candidates, like the following three:

  1. Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 2.8 percent COLA in 2019, but millions will see their benefit increases completely offset by higher Medicare Part B premiums. If you are elected in November, will you support bipartisan legislation called the CPI-E Act that would give seniors a more fair and adequate COLA?
  2. Some lawmakers in Congress are advocating for paid leave legislation that would require new parents to trade their future Social Security retirement benefits for twelve weeks of parental leave. This would undermine the mission of the Social Security program, increase its insolvency, and permanently cut the retirement benefits of those who take paid leave. If elected in November, would you support this irresponsible proposal?
  3. The federal government negotiates prescription drug prices for Medicaid and for veterans, but it is barred from negotiating lower prices for Medicare beneficiaries. As a result, seniors enrolled in Part D often pay much higher prices for their prescription drugs. If elected in November, what will you do to correct this unfair policy?

For information about campaign events near you in the days leading up to the midterm elections, call the local offices of your candidates. You can find contact information for your current elected officials right here. And remember to cast your vote on Tuesday, November 6th, for the candidate who will best strengthen and protect your earned Social Security and Medicare benefits.