116th Congress[1]

Bills Introduced to Expand Social Security

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Bill Name

 

Changes to Social Security

Lifts the cap

CPI-E

Extends Solvency

Other Benefits

Increases

Social Security 2100 Act

S. 269 | H.R. 860

 

 

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT)

Rep. John Larson (CT-1)

Subjects earning above $400k to payroll tax. Switches to the more accurate CPI-E. Changes the benefit formula in a way which boosts benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries by approximately $65 per month. Raises the minimum benefit 125%, combines the OASI and SSDI trust funds. Raises the threshold on the taxation of benefits.

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Surviving Widow(er) Income Fair Treatment Act of 2019 (SWIFT Act)

S. 345

Sen. Bob Casey (PA)

Allows widows and surviving divorced spouses to (1) receive 100% of survivors benefits regardless of age during disability; (2) increase value of survivor benefit beyond current caps; (3) to receive child-in-care benefits through child’s time in school (age 18 or 19); (4) received eligibility, claiming information and deadlines from the federal government.

 

 

 

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Social Security Expansion Act

S. 478 | H.R. 1170

Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT)

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)

Subjects earned and unearned income above $250k to payroll tax. Switches to the more accurate CPI-E. Changes the benefit formula in a way which boosts benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries by approximately $65 per month. Raises the minimum benefit 125%. Combines the OASI and SSDI trust funds.

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Protect Our Widow(er) Retirement (POWR) Act

H.R. 1540

Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38)

Allows widows who previously lived in a two beneficiary household to choose a new option for benefit calculation which equals 75 percent of the combined household benefit.

 

 

 

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Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2019

H.R. 1553

Rep. John Garamendi (CA-3)

Switches to the more accurate CPI-E.

 

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Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act

S. 1132 | H.R. 2302

Sen. Mazie Hirono (HI)

Rep. Ted Deutch (FL-22)

Lifting the cap on high-income contributions gradually over 7 years. Switches to the more accurate CPI-E.

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ALJ Competitive Service Restoration Act

H.R. 2429

 

 

Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-7)

Reverts the ALJ hiring process back to competitive service, rather than to political appointment, as outlined in a Trump Administration Executive Order.

Note: Sen. Maria Cantwell & Sen. Susan Collins introduced similar legislation, S. 3387, in 2018.

 

 

 

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Strengthening Social Security Act

H.R. 2654

 

Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA-38)

Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02)

Increases monthly benefits for current and future retirees; Replaces CPI-W with CPI-E for the purpose of calculating COLA’s; Phases out the taxable cap of $132,900; Increases widow(er)s benefits to the greater of 75% of combined benefits, or the Primary Insurance Amount.

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Maintain Access to Vital Social Security Services Act

S. 1616 | H.R. 2901

 

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (WI)

Rep. Gwen Moore (WI-04)

Requires SSA to operate a sufficient number of field offices and employ and adequate number of personnel at each field office to provide convenient and accessible services to the public while minimizing wait times. Additionally requires new reporting to Congress on these matters.

 

 

 

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Protection of Social Security Benefits Restoration Act

S. 1649 | H.R. 2991

 

Sen. Ron Wyden (OR)

Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3)

Repeals the 1996 Social Security garnishment rules for Social Security. The legislation would prevent Social Security from being garnished for federal student debt, home loans owed to the Veterans Administration, and food stamps overpayments.

 

 

 

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Grandfamilies Act of 2019

S. 1660

 

Sen. Bob Casey (PA)

Alleviates restrictions on Social Security benefits so that relative children can receive benefits if they are under legal custody of a relative who already receives benefits. Additionally, extends TANF program.

 

 

 

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SSI Restoration Act of 2019

H.R. 4280

Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3)

Modernizes eligibility for the SSI program which protects seniors and people with disabilities from the harms of poverty.

 

 

 

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Bills Introduced to Lower Prescription Drugs Prices

Bill Name

 

Changes to Lower Prices

Price Gouging

Transparency

Importation

Negotiation

Patent Reform

Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act

H.R. 275

Rep. Peter Welch (VT)

Allows Secretary of HHS to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies regarding prices for drugs covered under Medicare Part D.

 

 

 

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Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2019

S.99 | H.R. 448

Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT)

Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)

Allows Secretary of HHS to negotiate Medicare part D drug prices on behalf of beneficiaries and establishes a formulary for such purposes.

 

 

 

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Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act

S. 97 | H.R. 447

Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT)

Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)

Allows distributors, pharmacies, and individuals to import affordable and safe prescription drugs.

 

 

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Prescription Drug Price Relief Act

S. 102 | H.R. 465

 

 

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT)

Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17)

Requires pharmaceutical corporations to offer prescriptions for all Americans for a price equal to the median prices of 5 similar countries. When negotiation fails, the Secretary of HHS issues a competitive license to allow generic competition.

 

 

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Medicare Negotiation and Competitive Licensing Act

S. 377 | H.R. 1046

Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)

Allows Secretary of HHS to negotiation prescription drug prices on behalf of beneficiaries. When negotiations fail, the Secretary issues a competitive license to allow generic competition.

 

 

 

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 Bills Introduced to Expand Medicare

Bill Name

 

Changes to Medicare

Expands Services

Universal

Lowers Eligibility Age

Other Benefits

Medicare for All Act

H.R. 1384

Rep. Pramila Jayapal

Provides universal healthcare to every person in the United States. Expands services to include dental, vision, and hearing coverage. Includes long term supports and services. Lowers prescription drug prices by allowing Provides massive cost containment by utilizing global budgeting.

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[1] This list only includes legislation introduced in the 116th Congress and formally endorsed by Social Security Works