Kirsten Gillibrand on Social Security

Last Updated : Nov 10, 2010


Senator Gillibrand has stated that she opposes all efforts to privatize Social Security. She states that she is working on new proposals to ensure the solvency of Social Security for the next generation without raising the retirement age or affecting benefit levels for current recipients. 

In 2010, deflationary action in the US caused there to be no COLA. Senator Gillibrand was vocal in efforts to provide $250 dollar checks in place of that COLA.


Social Security COLA

In October of 2010, Senator Gillibrand sent a letter to Congressman McConnell asking Republicans to support a measure to grant $250 to seniors on social security. The move was in response to deflation which caused a lowering in the cost of living. This meant that there was no need to increase the cost of living and therefore no cost of living adjustment (COLA).


Campaign Website Statements


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. Kirsten Gillibrand voted in favor of the legislation.

Kirsten Gillibrand voted in favor of the legislation.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-111; Bill Number-S Res 664; Opposition to Social Security - Cosponsor

Expresses the sense of the Senate to reaffirm its commitment to the Social Security program, without privatizing it, raising the Normal Retirement Age, or making other similar cuts to benefits under title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act.

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