November 19, 2013
Almost 6 months ago, nobody was talking about expanding Social Security benefits. The conversation was all about cuts. Now, national and local momentum is building for this popular idea. Polls done in states as diverse as Kentucky, Iowa, and California show that expanding Social Security benefits is popular by over 2 to 1 and in Texas, Colorado, and Hawaii, it’s 3 to 1.
Over 650,000 people have already signed an online petition to expand Social Security and now we are asking social workers to sign the petition. Click here to join the National Association of Social Workers in signing this petition.
The National Association of Social Workers joined the campaign to expand Social Security. We called on Congress to ensure cuts to Social Security were off the negotiating table and for Congress to expand Social Security benefits, not cut them.
We are supporting the pending bills -- Senator Begich (S. 308) and Senator Harkin (S. 567) Representative Sanchez (H.R. 3118--House version of Harkin) -- that would increase cost-of-living adjustments for retirees, giving people $452 more in Social Security at age 75 and $807 more at age 85. The increase would be funded by ensuring that everyone -- regardless of how much they earn -- be subject to the same Social Security withholding, i.e. scrapping the cap. At this time, those who earn more than $113,700 are not subject to additional Social Security withholding. With scrapping the cap, an expansion of Social Security is both paid for and it's overall solvency is extended.
Click here to join NASW in signing this petition.