Robert Casey on Social Security

Last Updated : Nov 02, 2012

Summary

COLA

In September of 2009, Senator Casey supported legislation to provide recepients of Social Security with funds to offset the lack of COLA adjustment. He stated that Social Security recipients should not be punished twice because of a bad economy, and that while the economy has kept the Consumer Price Index down it hasn’t stopped medical costs from going up and pension accounts and home values from going down.

Middle Class Tax Cut

On multiple occasions, Senator Casey co-sponsored legislation to reduce the Social Security Payroll tax cuts in half on both the employer and employee side. He stated that it will create lots of jobs at a time when the American people arecalling for just that thing.

 

Social Security COLA

In September of 2009, Senator Casey released a press statement noting his support for legislation to provide a one time payment to senior citizens to offset the fact that there was no COLA that year. 

 

Middle Class Tax Act of 2011

In December of 2011, Senator Casey spoke on the Senate floor in support of the Middle Class Tax Act of 2011 which would cut the Social Security Payroll tax in half for both the employer and employee.

 

Payroll Tax Cut Extension

In December of 2011, Senator Casey spoke on the Senate floor in support of legislation to extend the Payroll Tax Cut.

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. Robert Casey voted in favor of the legislation.

Robert Casey 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. Robert Casey voted against the amendment to create a reserve fund for social security.

Robert Casey voted against the amendment to create a reserve fund for social security.

 

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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