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Tell the Senate to support the Harkin and Begich plans to strengthen Social Security.

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"Join Sens. Begich and Harkin in strengthening Social Security by increasing benefits and scrapping the cap on income subject to Social Security tax."

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    Tell the Senate to support the Harkin and Begich plans to strengthen Social Security.

    Social Security, one of the greatest anti-poverty programs in our country’s history, is under attack by people who want us to believe the myth that it's about to run out of money.

    We are told the only way to save the program is to slash benefits. But, Social Security benefits are already inadequate.

    In an era of skyrocketing medical costs, disappearing home equity, paltry 401k retirement accounts and underfunded pension plans, retirees need more money, not less. And there’s a simple change that would allow us to increase benefits without breaking the bank.

    Two senators from conservative states – Tom Harkin from Iowa and Mark Begich from Alaska – ave proposed plans to increase benefits while also ensuring the increased benefits can be paid fully for decades to come. And we should support them.

    Tell the Senate to support the Harkin and Begich plans to strengthen Social Security.

    If you’re tired of constantly playing defense and want to change the narrative to be about how we can improve Social Security by making it fairer and more generous, then be part of the groundswell of voices supporting the Harkin and Begich bills.

    While Sen. Begich’s and Sen. Harkin’s plans differ somewhat, both would make the annual Social Security cost-of-living increases larger to more accurately reflect the increased inflation faced by seniors compared to the general public.

    This is the opposite of the shady attempts to cut benefits by using the so-called “chained CPI,” which is an even less accurate (and stingier) way to measure the inflation faced by seniors than what we use currently.

    In addition, Sen. Harkin’s plan would increase benefits for virtually everyone by almost $800 a year.

    Furthermore, both plans pay for the benefit increases while improving the long-term solvency of the program by lifting the cap on the payroll tax that funds Social Security.

    Right now Social Security is funded by a payroll tax that is capped at a yearly income of $113,700. In other words, billionaires like the Koch brothers pay the same amount in Social Security tax as someone who makes $113,700 a year.

    Scrapping the cap is a simple and fair way to strengthen the program.

    If you’re tired of constantly playing defense and want to change the narrative to be about how we can improve Social Security by making it fairer and more generous, then be part of the groundswell of voices supporting the Harkin and Begich bills.

    Tell the Senate to support the Harkin and Begich plans to strengthen Social Security.