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13-SCR15 on Apr 18, 2013

Bill Sponsorship: Resolution on CPI
Source: H.CON.RES.34 & S.Con.Res.15
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION expressing the sense of the Congress that the Chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) should not be used to adjust Social Security benefits.
  • WHEREAS the Social Security program continues to provide modest benefits--averaging approximately $14,000 per year--to more than 53,000,000 individuals
  • WHEREAS the Trust Fund can pay full benefits through 2032;
  • WHEREAS the Social Security program is designed to ensure that benefits keep pace with inflation through cost-of-living adjustments based on the CPI which measures prices of goods and services;
  • WHEREAS the Chained CPI adjusts for projected changes in consumer behavior resulting from price fluctuations known as the 'substitution effect', which occurs when consumers buy alternative goods and services whose prices are rising more slowly than average;
  • Now, therefore, be it RESOLVED that the Chained CPI should not be used to calculate cost of living adjustments for Social Security benefits.

    Opponent's argument against bill:(Congressional Testimony by Jeffrey Kling, Congressional Budget Office Associate Director for Economic Analysis, April 18, 2013):

    The chained CPI grows more slowly than the trad

    Also see the related House of Representatives bill H.C.R.34

      Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Question 6: Privatize Social Security Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
    • Topic: Social Security
    • Headline: Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI" (Score: -2)
    • Headline 2: Keep CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI" (Score: -2)

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    Democrats participating in 13-SCR15

    Mark Begich s1oAK Democratic Jr SenatorApr 24, 2013
    Richard Blumenthal s1oCT Democratic Sr SenatorMay 9, 2013
    Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr SenatorApr 24, 2013
    Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr SenatorJun 17, 2013
    Al Franken s1oMN Democrat/DFL Jr SenatorApr 24, 2013
    Kirsten Gillibrand s1oNew York DemocratApr 24, 2013
    Kay Hagan s1oNC Democratic Jr SenatorApr 24, 2013
    Tom Harkin s2pIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014)Apr 24, 2013
    Mazie Hirono s1oHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012)Apr 24, 2013
    Frank Lautenberg s1oNJ Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)Apr 24, 2013
    Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr SenatorJun 3, 2013
    Jeff Merkley s1oOR Democratic Jr SenatorApr 24, 2013
    Barbara Mikulski s1oMD Democratic Sr Senator (Retiring 2016)Apr 24, 2013
    Chris Murphy s1oConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012)Apr 25, 2013
    Mark Pryor s1oAR Democratic Sr SenatorApr 25, 2013
    Jack Reed s1oRI Democratic Sr SenatorApr 24, 2013
    John Rockefeller s1oWV Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014)May 16, 2013
    Bernie Sanders s1oPOTUS Democratic Presidential candidateApr 24, 2013
    Brian Schatz s1oHI Democratic Jr Senator AppointeeApr 24, 2013
    Debbie Stabenow s1oMI Democratic Jr SenatorJun 11, 2013
    Elizabeth Warren s1oMA Democratic ChallengerApr 24, 2013
    Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney generalApr 24, 2013

    Republicans participating in 13-SCR15

    Independents participating in 13-SCR15

    Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

    Democrats: 22
    Republicans: 0
    Independents: 0

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