All But 38 House Democrats Co-Sponsored a New Bill to Expand Social Security. Who Were the 38?

Unfortunately, any good, strong, necessary legislation to reduce poverty and inequality, promote economic security, mitigate climate change, expand labor rights and consumer protections, etc., is not likely going to pass over the next few years with Donald Trump in the White House. However, Democrats in both houses of Congress and in cities and states across the country need to be outlining an alternative to Trump-Ryan governance.

Today, John Larson (CT-01), the Ranking Member of the Ways & Means Subcommittee on Social Security, introduced the Social Security 2100 Act (HR 1902), with the support of 156 of his colleagues in the Democratic caucus.

The bill helps foster greater economic security for seniors by doing the following:

(1) Cutting taxes for over 10 million Social Security recipients by raising the threshold on taxation of benefits
(2) Increasing benefits starting in 2018 for current and new beneficiaries
(3) Protecting low-income workers by raising the minimum benefit from below the poverty line to 25% above
(4) Protecting benefits from being eroded by inflation by adopting the CPI-E formula (which more accurately reflects seniors’ purchasing habits) for calculation of cost of living adjustments

The bill pays for this by subjecting earnings of $400,000 or more to the 6.2 percent payroll tax.

With Larson included, the bill has 157 supporters in the House. Two of those are non-voting delegates: Eleanor Holmes Norton of DC and Stacey Plaskett of the US Virgin Islands. That means that 155 members out of the 193-member Democratic caucus signed on to the bill.

Who are the other 38?

Anthony Brown (MD-04)

Julia Brownley (CA-26)

Cheri Bustos (IL-17)

Jim Cooper (TN-05)

Jim Costa (CA-16)

Charlie Crist (FL-13)

Susan Davis (CA-53)

Diana DeGette (CO-01)

John Delaney (MD-06)

Adriano Espaillat (NY-13)

Bill Foster (IL-11)

Josh Gottheimer (NJ-05)

Jim Himes (CT-04)

Steny Hoyer (MD-05)

Ron Kind (WI-03)

Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08)

Rick Larsen (WA-02)

Dan Lipinski (IL-03)

Dave Loebsack (IA-02)

Nita Lowey (NY-17)

Carolyn Maloney (NY-12)

Stephanie Murphy (FL-07)

Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01)

Nancy Pelosi (CA-12)

Scott Peters (CA-52)

Jared Polis (CO-02)

David Price (NC-04)

Kathleen Rice (NY-04)

Jacky Rosen (NV-04)

Adam Schiff (CA-28)

Brad Schneider (IL-10)

Kurt Schrader (OR-05)

Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)

Adam Smith (WA-09)

Darren Soto (FL-09)

Norma Torres (CA-35)

Niki Tsongas (MA-03)

Pete Visclosky (IN-01)

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