“Now that tax reform is done, we’re going after entitlement reform, to tackle the debt and the deficit.” – Speaker Paul RyanSeniors & Retirees are Fighting to PASS Legislation that STOPS BENEFIT CUTS — H.R. 1113 “the Social Security Protection Act” would make cutting Social Security benefits impossible.
That’s right. Once H.R. 1113 is passed, Congress will no longer have the power to cut our Social Security benefits because the Social Security Trust Fund will forever be OFF-LIMITS and NOT INCLUDED in the unified, Federal budget.
In fact, this legislation mandates that our Social Security Trust Fund monies cannot be diverted into any other accounts. Instead, our Trust Fund money can only be used for its intended purpose: PAYING OUR SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS!
Seniors must act to pass this bill, because Speaker Ryan said he believes he has convinced President Trump about the need to pare back Social Security and Medicare to combat the national debt.
Speaker Ryan’s remarks add to the growing concerns that top political leaders aim to cut government spending through “entitlement reform” in 2018 because the tax reform bill just increased the deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. President Trump has called on Congress to cut spending to reduce the national deficit.
We cannot let Congress steal from our Social Security Trust Fund to cut the deficit. WE MUST STOP BENEFIT CUTS! And the way to do it is by passing H.R. 1113.
As Capitol Hill calls for “entitlement reform” and paints a picture of how we must accept “across the board benefits cuts” — it is time for Seniors and Retirees to fight back!
The threats to Social Security are growing each day and with each news cycle. Many members of Congress are laying out their plans to balance the budget [on the backs on Seniors and Retirees] by rolling back and cutting our Social Security and Medicare benefits. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!
Senator Rubio is on record saying, “We have to bring the driver of our debt under control. The driver of our debt is Social Security and Medicare.”
But President Trump repeatedly said he didn’t want to cut Social Security. However, his budget experts are projecting that in just a few years Social Security will not be able to pay out full benefits to Seniors and Retirees unless “something” is done to shore up the program.
That “something” is called “REFORM.” It makes me ANGRY that Congress would even consider CUTTING the benefits of Seniors and Retirees. They know that they made a sacred promise to me, you, and all Seniors and Retirees. THAT PROMISE MUST BE KEPT: our Social Security benefits MUST be paid to us, in full.
The problem is not Seniors and Retirees. The problem is Congress and their reckless spending!
You may find this hard to stomach, but Congress spent over $150 Billion from the Social Security Trust Fund in 2017, just to pay for their own pet projects (not to pay for our Social Security benefits, not even to pay for our COLAs!) And they continue to steal our Trust Fund reserves, even today.
What’s more, Congress has no plan [they have no intention] to ever pay that money back – Congress has been borrowing and spending from the Social Security Trust Fund since 1968 – CONGRESS CONTINUES TO STEAL FROM SENIORS AND RETIREES TODAY!
Yet Senior Americans face even more dangers — the battle over the federal deficit, health care, and the numerous proposals to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.
Again and again, the recommendations from the “political elites” in Washington, D.C. is to tighten, stop, delay, re-calculate, and roll-back our benefits instead of dropping the hammer on Congress’ own spending! These are a few of the benefit cuts threatening Seniors:
- Raising the full Retirement Age from 67 to 69. Those under 62 today are targeted. This reform is designed to keep Seniors from their benefits for an additional 2 years.
- The Social Security Administration to begin using the Chain-Weighted CPI (instead of the CPI-E) to determine our Social Security COLAs. This is the worst possible method for determining the proper cost of living adjustment, even worse than what was used this year. This reform keeps Seniors from getting their correct benefit amount.
- NO COLAs for Seniors and Retirees if their adjusted gross income exceeds $85,000 (single) or $170,000 (joint).
This reform is what’s called “means testing” — it is designed to deny Seniors their earned and promised Social Security benefits because “they’re too well off.”
Let’s put an end to Congress’ reckless spending of our Trust Fund reserve, let’s pass H.R. 1113.