Conservatives often change policy underhandedly, when America’s citizens have their interest or concern elsewhere…say a hurricane for instance.
Sam Johnson, the Republican Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee of Ways and Means, introduced a bill that includes profound cuts to Social Security.
One of the big changes proposed by Johnson, is raising the retirement age from 67 to 69. Republicans control the House and Senate, that means there is a great possibility this bogus legislation will pass.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responded to the proposed bill in a statement. Venting her frustration, Pelosi said, “Apparently nothing upsets House Republicans like the idea of hard-working people getting to enjoy a secure and dignified retirement.”
Pelosi brings up the fact that Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan is gunning for Medicare while Johnson’s bill is “greedily eying” destroying Social Security for qualified Americans.
The proposed bill will cut benefits by more than a third, cut seniors’ cost of living adjustments, and specifically targets families of retired and disabled workers. Pelosi stated that this comes at a time when Americans “are more anxious about their retirement than ever.”
Pelosi vowed that Democrats will not “stand by” while Republicans like Johnson destroy Social Security and what should be a dignified retirement for people who have worked hard their whole lives.
Johnson is calling the bill a “Plan To Permanently Save Social Security.” During Donald Trump’s campaign, he promised to leave Social Security alone, therefore insuring the votes of low-income Americans that now, or will, rely on it.
Johnson introduced the following bill:
TITLE I—MODERNIZING SOCIAL SECURITY FOR THE 21ST
Sec. 101. Modernize the benefit formula.
Sec. 102. Raise full retirement age.
Sec. 103. Use an accurate cost-of-living measure.
Sec. 104. Cap on nonworking spouse benefit.
Sec. 105. Cap on child’s benefit.
Sec. 106. Require child beneficiaries to attend school.