Action Alert # 54 – Now We Have a New Senate Bill — S. 896!

We are very pleased to announce that a bi-partisan group of four Senators have introduced the Social Security Fairness Act of 2013 (S. 896) — Mark Begich of AK, Susan Collins of ME, Dean Heller of NV, and Elizabeth Warren of MA.  This follows the introduction of HR 1795 in the House by Congressman Rodney Davis (IL) and Adam Schiff (CA). (A list of Members of Congress who have already signed on to co-sponsor this bill is at the foot of this email.)  This is the work of lobbyists from our different employee associations, unions and retirement groups.  We thank them!!

These bills will be alive in Congress for the next year and a half, so we have time to mount a major push to educate legislators about how wrong these offsets actually are. We need to make sure that the offsets are removed when Congress begins working on Social Security.

A couple of things to think about:

  • The current members of the House of Representatives are the most junior group that has been on the Hill for a great many years. A very large number of them have only been in Washington for 1-3 terms. They may not know about the Offsets. They need to hear from us!
  • Many employee groups have not made their voices heard despite the fact that they will be affected by the offsets.  We need to get them involved!

Please do this and forward it on to your friends:

Here is a link to a NEW email sender from the National Education Association that you can use to contact both your Congress Person and your Senators:

Don’t forget to also send hand-written notes to your legislators and their aides.  Sometimes they make more impact.  Phone calls asking for the Representative’s position are helpful. (If they tell you what their position is, for or against our bills, please let us know, so we can keep track.)

Thank you for being firm and persistent!

If your Congress Person is on this list of those who signed up by May 8th to co-sponsor HR 1795, be sure to thank them!

Rep Chu, Judy [CA-27] – 5/8/2013

Rep Hahn, Janice [CA-44] – 5/6/2013

Rep Hanna, Richard L. [NY-22] – 5/6/2013

Rep Huffman, Jared [CA-2] – 5/8/2013

Rep Joyce, David P. [OH-14] – 5/8/2013

Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] – 5/6/2013

Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] – 5/6/2013

Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-19] – 5/8/2013

Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] – 5/8/2013

Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] – 5/6/2013

Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] – 5/6/2013

Rep Runyan, Jon [NJ-3] – 5/8/2013

Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [MD-2] – 5/8/2013

Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-28] – 4/26/2013

Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] – 5/6/2013

Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-8] – 5/8/2013

Rep Swalwell, Eric [CA-15] – 5/8/2013

Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] – 5/6/2013

Rep Titus, Dina [NV-1] – 5/8/2013

Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-3] – 5/6/2013

Rep Vargas, Juan [CA-51] – 5/6/2013