Claire McCaskill on Social Security

Last Updated : Oct 17, 2012

Summary

Since coming into office, Senator McCaskill has voted in favor of an amendment to create a Social Security Reserve Fund, and in favor of legislation to continue the 2% payroll tax cut.

Garnishment

In 2008, Senator McCaskill spoke out against a practice of debt collectots of other companies that garnish accounts of senior citizens that rely on Social Security benefits. In proposing legislation to prevent this, Senator McCaskill stated that for many seniors and disabled Americans, social security checks keep them financially afloat from month to month and when banks garnish these funds, they are left with nothing.

 

Social Security and Garnishment

In April of 2008, Senator McCaskill noted legislation that she had introduced to prevent accounts with direct deposits from social security from being garnished for debt collection. 

 

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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the legislation.

Claire McCaskill voted in favor of 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. Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the amendment to create a reserve fund for social security.

Claire McCaskill voted in favor of the amendment to create a reserve fund for social security.

 

Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

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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