Critz Tries to Protect Social Security

U.S. Rep. Mark Critz has offered an amendment that will help protect Medicare and Social Security. The amendment was made during Tuesday’s House debate.

U.S. Rep. Mark Critz, D – Johnstown, offered an amendment to protect Social Security and Medicare during Tuesday’s House debate on a stopgap measure to extend federal funding of government agencies through April 8.

The continuing resolution will expire March 18. Continuing resolutions keeps the federal government funded until a budget can be passed.

Critz’s motion failed by a vote of 190 to 239. His motion would have prohibited funds in the legislation from being used to implement a system that cuts Medicare benefits or privatizes Social Security.

“The folks I live with and live around come to rely on Social Security,” Critz told House members.

Critz is concerned that as more cuts are made to the federal budget, some may target Medicare or Social Security. He said that Social Security has $2.6 trillion in reserves and has not contributed to the federal deficit.

“Don’t buy into this crisis legislation,” he said.

Critz also used his time encourage… continue reading

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Social Security Cuts Would Hurt African Americans

The proposed cuts to Social Security would hit African Americans the hardest. As a result, black organizations are voicing their concerns in upcoming debates.

By Hazel Trice Edney, Trice Edney News Wire Editor-in-Chief: African-Americans across the nation would be hit hardest if Congressional Republicans have their way in slashing Social Security as an affront to President Obama’s recommended 2012 budget.

Therefore, Black organizations and constituents must assert their voices in current and upcoming debates, according to a report released by the Joint Center on Political and Economic Studies.

“African-Americans benefit significantly from the Social Security program—as retirees, as disabled workers or their dependents, and as survivors of deceased workers. Although Black Americans are more likely than White Americans to receive disability and survivor benefits and less likely to receive retirement benefits, their return from taxes paid into the Social Security system exceeds that of Whites,” says the report titled “African-Americans and Social Security: A Primer”.

The report, written by Dr. Wilhelmina A. Leigh of the Joint Center, continues: “In addition, older African-Americans are… continue reading

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Obama to Work With Republicans on Entitlements

President Obama has said he is willing to work with the GOP on federally funded programs. Obama says he is open to discussion on how to handle Social Security and Medicare.

President Barack Obama says he’s willing to work with Republicans to make changes to entitlement programs, like Social Security and Medicare, that threaten the nation’s fiscal health.

The budget Obama sent to Congress Monday ignores the view of his own deficit commission, which said that entitlement programs must be slashed.

Obama says he will have discussions on entitlements with lawmakers in the next few months.

Obama says he’s confident changes can be made quickly on Social Security in order to avoid slashing payments and making the program stable for this generation and the next. But he says making changes to Medicare and Medicaid will be more difficult, and said both parties must show they’re serious about tackling the… continue reading

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Boehner Considers Cuts to Entitlements

Speaker John Boehner has said that the Republican budget proposals could include big cuts to Medicare and Social Security. However, Republicans are still quite divided on whether to cut the programs or not.

WASHINGTON — House Republicans remain divided on whether their upcoming budget for fiscal year 2012 will include cuts to government entitlement programs, but Speaker John Boehner suggested Tuesday that reductions in Social Security and Medicare funding were indeed possible.

“Republicans will not punt,” Boehner (R-Ohio) said at a press conference on Tuesday. “Everything is on the table.”

But Boehner said he would defer to House Budget Chairman Ryan (R-Wis.), who led the Republican effort to draft a budget proposal this spring, as to whether the budget would include changes to Social Security and Medicare. On Monday, Boehner and Ryan both declined to comment on specifics, even after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told reporters the GOP proposal would include “bold reforms” to entitlement spending.

“We will be presenting our own budget, a serious document that will reflect the type of path we feel we should be taking to… continue reading

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