Commission Featured on Economic Policy Institute Blog

Social Security Advocates Go on the Offensive
By Monique Morrissey

In March, the AFL-CIO issued a call-to-arms on Social Security, saying, “We have to stop playing defense, because we have nothing to be defensive about.”

Advocates have taken up the challenge, coalescing around a strategy centered on eliminating the cap on taxable earnings, raising the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to reflect the higher out-of-pocket medical expenses faced by seniors, and increasing benefits across the board in ways that provide larger percentage increases for low-income beneficiaries. Building on a bill introduced in 2010 by Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) that included the first two of these measures, Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) made them the centerpiece of the retirement provisions in his Rebuild America Act. Continue reading

Commission Featured in The Huffington Post

The Impact of Social Security Reform Should Be Required Reading for the Supercommittee
By Nancy Altman

No surprise, this Tuesday, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (a.k.a., the “Supercommittee”) is listening to all the normal Washington insiders talk about why Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and a host of programs critically important to the American people must be sacrificed on the altar of deficit-reduction. What we have here is the one percent speaking to the one percent, recommending sacrifices from the ninety-nine percent. Read More >>

Commission Featured in the New York Times Caucus Blog

New York Time Caucus Blog, Sunday Breakfast Menu, October 23
By Emmarie Huetteman

With the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction more than halfway to its deadline, TV One’s “Washington Watch” highlights the impact of proposed cuts with Maya Rockeymoore, president and chief executive of the Washington-based social advocacy firm Global Policy Solutions, and Julie Ajinkya, policy analyst at the Center for American Progress. Read More >>