Benjamin Cardin on Social Security

Last Updated : Mar 23, 2012

2012 Campaign Website Statements

Seniors

Especially during difficult economic times, our goal should be retirement security for all so our seniors have access to services they need to live independently for as long as possible with access to quality, affordable health care. I oppose legislative or administrative proposals that would seek to balance our budget on the backs of our seniors. I especially will fight back against attempts to privatize Social Security and dismantle Medicare. Seniors have paid into these programs for their entire working lives and they have earned their benefits. I fought for historic health care reforms that helped extend the life of Medicare for 12 more years, cut co-payments for preventive services, provide free annual wellness checkups for seniors, and reduce the cost of prescriptions.

Voting Record

Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011

In February of 2012, the Senate voted on accepting the conference report for the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011. The legislation extended unemployment benefits, forced a decision on the Keystone Pipeline project, and provided for certain medicare levels. Mainly, the legislation continued the 2% employer side reduction in payroll taxes for social security. This reduction is funded by bringing money into social security from the general revenue fund, thus adding to the debt. The legislation passed the Senate 60-36. Benjamin Cardin voted against the legislation.

Benjamin Cardin voted against the legislation.

Amendment - Social Security Reserve Fund

In 2007, congress attempted to pass an amendment to create a reserve fund for social security. This action was prompted by the increasing awareness that the Social Security program may not be financially solvent in the near future. Opponents claimed that the move was an end-around method to privatize social security. The amendment was largely supported by Republicans and largely opposed by Democrats. The amendment failed in a 45-52 vote. Benjamin Cardin voted against the amendment to create a reserve fund for social security.

Benjamin Cardin voted against the amendment to create a reserve fund for social security.

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. Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of the Comprehensive Retirement Security and Pension Reform Act of 2001.

Benjamin Cardin 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. Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of the Social Security and Medicare Safe Deposit Box Act of 1999.

Benjamin Cardin voted in favor of the Social Security and Medicare Safe Deposit Box Act of 1999.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S 484; 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-111; Bill Number-S 484; A bill to amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the Government pension offset and windfall elimination provisions - 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-S 206; Social Security Fairness Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

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

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