Nick Rahall on Social Security

Last Updated : Oct 07, 2010

Official Website Statements

Seniors

Fifteen percent of all West Virginians are over the age of 65—the second highest percentage of any state in the Nation therefore significant steps must be taken to provide for the needs of our senior citizens.

As the cost of health care and social services continue to skyrocket, Congressman Rahall is working hard to provide high quality care for the men and women who, through their compassion and quiet strength, have been role models to us all.

Congressman Rahall knows that Social Security and Medicare have done more for seniors’ independence, health and financial security than any other federal initiatives. He strongly opposes privatization of Social Security and any cut in funding to Medicare, both of which would endanger critical services for some of West Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens.

Congressman Rahall wants to ensure that our seniors are not burdened with the high cost of prescriptions and that their medicare plans provide them with the coverage they need.

A long-time supporter of the American Association of Retired People (AARP), Rahall has joined AARP’s bipartisan effort to ensure that hard-working West Virginians have access to the assistance and the services they deserve and is a proud supporter of their “Divided We Fail” pledge.

 

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. Nick Rahall voted in favor of the Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001.

Nick Rahall 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. Nick Rahall voted against the Social Security and Medicare Safe Deposit Box Act of 1999.

Nick Rahall voted against 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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