Rep. Rick Larsen and Rep. Jim McDermott cosponsor bill to oppose chained CPI

The Chained CPI, which we’ve written about any number of times, is getting support from Congressional Republicans, President Obama, and even some Democrats. The chained CPI itself is a bit convoluted, but here’s the quick and dirty: it’s a backdoor benefit cut that will reduce Social Security benefits – and it gets worse as you get older.

The graph below shows just how big of a benefit cut the chained CPI would represent for the average retiree.

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Given the  implications for retirees, many Democrats (and a few Republicans) have voiced strong opposition to the chained CPI, but now David Cicilline (D-RI), has proposed a bill that pushes back against the chained CPI.

The bill, H. Con. Res. 15, “expresses the sense of the Congress that the Chained Consumer Price Index should not be used to calculate cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security benefits.” Although the bill has 100+ cosponsors, currently only two representatives from Washington state have signed on to the bill, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-2) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-7).

If you are represented by either of these two Congressmen, please let them know you appreciate their support for protecting Social Security and seniors. If not, please write to your congressional representative and ask them to support H. Con. Res. 15!

Rep. Jim McDermott Asks Social Security Administration to Keep Seattle Field Offices Open

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) called for a halt to the planned closure of both the Social Security Downtown field office and the Chinatown-International District field office and their planned relocation to the Jackson Federal Building.

In a letter written to Michael Astrue, the National Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, McDermott wrote:

“After hearing from my constituents on this matter in recent weeks, I remain concerned about Social Security Administration’s plans to ensure access to the Jackson Federal Building. I understand…that a community forum of more than 300 community members and Social Security officials on this matter took place as well. These constituents have since expressed to me their apprehension that the Agency is not sufficiently prepared to mitigate the anticipated access problems.”

Congressman McDermott sent a previous letter on June 20, 2011 regarding the consolidation of Social Security field offices in his district, and in it he expressed serious concerns that the proposed Jackson Federal Building may create barriers for the public in accessing services. According to the Social Security Administration Congressional Statistics for December 2011, 92,000 residents of the 7th Congressional District receive Social Security benefits and 17,600 constituents receive Supplemental Security Income.

McDermott requested the moratorium on the closure of these offices and their relocation to the Jackson Federal Building to ensure every individual has access to the services they need.

For the full text of the letter to Commissioner Astrue, click here.

Photos from “The Threat to Social Security” event with Terry O’Neill

Great attendance at the forum!

Check out photos from Monday’s event “The Threat to Social Security: An Issue for All Generations” with National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill, U.S. Congressman Jim McDermott, and former Deputy Secretary of H.U.D. Ron Sims.

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Social Security event at UW with Terry O’Neill, Ron Sims and Rep. Jim McDermott

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Driving directions to Kane Hall

From I-5 (either direction)

Take the NE 45th Street exit (#169). Turn East onto NE 45th Street.
Continue east about one quarter mile and turn right (south) onto 15th Avenue NE.
Head south on 15th Avenue three blocks to NE 41st Street.
Turn left at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage.
Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage for directions and a parking permit.

From Hwy 520 (either direction)

Take the Montlake Blvd exit.
Turn north onto Montlake Blvd.
Just after the Montlake bridge, turn first left onto Pacific.
Past the hospital, turn right (north) onto 15th Avenue NE.
Head north on 15th Avenue to NE 41st Street.
Turn right at Gate #1 into the Central Plaza Garage.
Stop at the gatehouse inside the garage for directions and a parking permit.