Shelley Berkley on Social Security

Last Updated : Oct 29, 2012

Summary

In 2010, Congresswoman Berkley opposed Republican efforts to privatize Social Security, stating that she was committed to stopping any plan that would privatize Social Security and that would leave this important safety net for Nevadans vulnerable to the manipulation of Wall Street and global financial markets.

Also in 2010, Congresswoman Berkley supported efforts to provide seniors with $250 to offset the lack of COLA increase. She co-sponsored the Seniors Protection Act to enact this measure.

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

75th Birthday

In August of 2010, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting the 75th birthday of social security and her opposition to privatization.

 

Opposition to Privatization

In October of 2010, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her opposition to privatization and her support for checks to offset the lack of COLA.

 

Opposition to Republican Plan

In March of 2011, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her opposition to Republican led efforts to reform social security.

 

Opposition to No COLA Increase

In June of 2011, Congresswoman Berkley issued a press statement noting her opposition to efforts to lower the Cost of Living Allowance.

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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001.

Shelley Berkley 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. Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Social Security and Medicare Safe Deposit Box Act of 1999.

Shelley Berkley voted in favor of the Social Security and Medicare Safe Deposit Box Act of 1999.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-H R 235; Social Security Fairness Act of 2009 - Cosponsor

Amends title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act to repeal: (1) government pension offset requirements applicable to husband's and wife's insurance benefits, widow's and widower's insurance benefits, and mother's and father's insurance benefits with respect to OASDI payments; and (2) windfall elimination requirements with respect to computation of an individual's primary insurance amount.

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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