John Mica on Social Security

Last Updated : Jun 25, 2012

Campaign Website Statements

Preserving Social Security Benefits

I believe that Social Security is a sacred trust between the government and its citizens and therefore benefits should not be reduced. In Congress, I will never support a reform plan that reduces benefits for people already retired and those nearing retirement. It is important too that we work to address funding shortfalls so that our nation’s younger workers also have the promise of a full retirement.

While I will never support any reform which would reduce the benefits for people already retired or for those nearing retirement, it would be irresponsible to allow our younger generation of Americans to inherit a bankrupt retirement system. If we do not address serious future funding problems, Social Security will face significant long-term debt. The biggest threat to the social security surplus has been wasteful spending. While the President and Congress could easily ignore or put off addressing the long-term financial soundness of this federal program, it is the responsible thing to examine our long-term options.

The average American today lives much longer than when Social Security was first introduced. Social Security was originally intended to provide only temporary relief for seniors living in retirement. However, it has grown into a much broader system providing permanent benefits to all American retirees, spouses, dependents and the disabled.

The current Social Security system will be solvent to pay for the benefits of those 55 years of age and older. For them Social Security will not change in any way. However, leaving this problem to future generations and future Congress’ is simply irresponsible.

Voting Record

Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001

In 2001, the House voted on a bill that would raise the amount individuals may contribute to traditional and Roth Individual Retirement Accounts and to 401[k] plans and make pensions plans more portable. The bill passed the house in a 407-24 vote but was altered in the Senate. John Mica voted in favor of the Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001.

John Mica voted in favor of the Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001.

Social Security and Medicare Safe Deposit Box Act of 1999

In 2000, the House voted on a bill that would make it out of order to consider a budget that set forth an on-budget deficit for any fiscal year for either the overall budget or social security. In other words, the government could not go into a year with a budget that it knew spent more money than the government took in. The bill failed in a 205-222 vote. John Mica voted against the Social Security and Medicare Safe Deposit Box Act of 1999.

John Mica voted against the Social Security and Medicare Safe Deposit Box Act of 1999.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-H R 82; Social Security Fairness Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the Government pension offset and windfall elimination provisions.

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