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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

Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling

Click Here to Download Breaking the Glass Ceiling (pdf)Released by National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare Foundation , the National Organization for Women Foundation and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Breaking the Social Security Glass Ceiling proposes initiatives to ensure Social Security benefits are adequate for all Americans, particularly for women and women of color. Continue reading