Seattle NOW is a member of the SocialSecurityWorks/WA coalition and the following is a request for action.

We are asking our coalition members to take action re. H.R. 3118 (prime sponsored by Rep. Sanchez) & S. 567(prime sponsored by Sens. Harkin & Begich). The bills are entitled The Strengthening Social Security Act:

Call or email Representatives DelBene, Larsen, Smith, Kilmer and Heck and ask them to co-sponsor H.R. 3118 (Rep. McDermott is an original co-sponsor)

Call or email Senators Cantwell & Murray and ask them to co-sponsor S.567.

H.R. 3118 & S. 567 are companion bills and they do three things:

– Increase Soc. Sec. benefits by an average of $70 per month
– Change the current CPI that is used to determine cost of living adjustments to the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) which takes into account the additional costs of health care that seniors experience
– Phases out the current income cap (Scrap the Cap) which will raise sufficient revenue for the benefit increase and the additional cost of the CPI-E and extend the life of the Trust Fund at least through 2049.