Support Sen. Harkin's Social Security Expansion Bill

In 2013, we stopped holding the line and started marching forward by going on offense and pushing to expand our Social Security system. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Mark Begich (D-AK) have proposed legislation doing just that, and as our voices grew louder, they were joined in co-sponsorship by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and by 44 members of the House of Representatives.

Sign our petition with Progressive Democrats of America today calling on the U.S. Senate to support S.567, which would strengthen Social Security the right way!

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  • S.567, introduced by Senator Harkin, would:

    • Increase cost of living adjustments (COLAs), not decrease them. Instead of cutting benefits through a Chained CPI formula, Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed using a benefit formula designed specifically to take into account seniors’ rising living expenses such as healthcare, food, and housing.
    • Ensure that the wealthy are paying their fair share into Social Security. In 2013, American only paid Social Security payroll taxes on their first $113,700. That means that Wall Street CEOs could pay a far lower share of their earnings than most. By lifting the payroll tax cap on Social Security, we can extend the life of Social Security for at least the next 75 years.
    • Increase Social Security benefits for all recipients by approximately $70 per month, or $800 a year. Senator Harkin’s bill would reform the benefit formula for nearly all beneficiaries, but target those most in need. This would result in an across the board benefit increase, with the most going to those in the lower and middle classes.