Maria Cantwell on Social Security

Last Updated : Oct 22, 2012

Privatization Speech

In July of 2001, Senator Cantwell spoke at the National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare Press Conference on Social Security Privatization.

 

Preserve Original Purpose

In February of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting a letter that she sent to President Bush discussing legislation that she was introducing to increase social security payments.

 

Letter to the President

In March of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting a letter that she and several other Senators had sent to President Bush asking for certain provisions before an agreement could be made on social security.

 

Democratic Women's Rally

In March of 2005, Senator Cantwell released a press statement noting a rally she recent had relating to women and social security.

 

Campaign Website Statements

 

Official 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. Maria Cantwell voted in favor of the legislation.

Maria Cantwell 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. Maria Cantwell voted against the amendment to create a reserve fund for social security.

Maria Cantwell voted against 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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