Notch Reform Bulletin: “Going On Offense” For Notch Reform

Notch Reform Bulletin: “Going On Offense” For Notch Reform

By George Smith, Chairman of TREA Senior Citizens League (TSCL)

A new study by noted economist Dr. John Haldi creates one of the biggest opportunities for Notch Reform in a decade (see “New Report Finds Notch Unduly Harsh”  The report is likely to refocus attention on the contentious Notch issue and TSCL is ready to “go on the offense.”

Stalwart Notch Reform supporter, Congressmen Ralph Hall (D-TX), has re-introduced “The Notch Fairness Act.”  TSCL is meeting with him to suggest provisions for strengthening the existing legislation and to create a bill that will win the widest possible support. The Notch Fairness Act offers Notch Babies born from 1917 through 1926 their choice of a $5,000 Lump-Sum, payable over a four-year period, or an improved monthly benefit.

David Funderburk, a former Member of Congress himself, is heading up our new legislative efforts. David’s expertise and acquaintances in Congress are opening the doors to more Members of Congress and building more support than ever before. But getting a foot in the door is only half the battle in winning passage for any legislation. More importantly, David is a consensus builder. Having been a Member of Congress himself, he knows the type of information that lawmakers need in order to convince them to co-sponsor legislation.

This aggressive new campaign would not be possible without the support of the more than 1.3 million active members and supporters of TSCL. Many of you are affected by the Notch. Your efforts in our Notch Reform offensive are especially important. Although we frequently hear frustration with how long Congress has debated Notch Reform, we urge you not to give up now. On the contrary, your letters, e-mail, faxes, phone calls, and meetings with your elected lawmakers are likely to receive new attention and importance. Please contact your Member of Congress and request that he or she co-sponsor “The Notch Fairness Act.”

March 2003