Support Sen. Harkin's Social Security Expansion Bill

Our Social Security system has been under attack for far too long. We can't stay on the defensive while enemies of Social Security tirelessly seek to cut it. That's why we're making 2014 the year of Social Security expansion. Legislation doing just that has now been introduced and is co-sponsored in the Senate by 4 Senators and co-sponsored or endorsed by 98 members of the House of Representatives.

Sign our petition calling on the U.S. Senate to support S.567, which would strengthen Social Security the right way!

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.

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