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Eric Swalwell on Social Security

 

 


Wants more payroll tax to keep Social Security solvent

I am committed to protecting our seniors and preserving the programs that have kept so many out of poverty. In Congress, I will work to preserve and protect Social Security, for example by raising the cap on earnings subject to the payroll tax. I strongly oppose using the Chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) to calculate cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for Social Security Benefits. While the budgetary challenges we face are serious, we should not be balancing the budget on the backs of seniors.
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website swalwell.house.gov , May 2, 2019

Raise cap on payroll tax so wealthy pay more

In office, he has said he wanted to raise the cap on the Social Security payroll tax so the wealthy pay more into the program.
Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , Apr 9, 2019

Ensure our successful government programs for long-term

Social Security is one of our most successful government programs, lifting seniors out of poverty and offering most seniors the only means of retirement income. To ensure the long-term viability of the program, I support lifting the cap on wages above $110,000 and also support raising the retirement age gradually and tying it to life expectancy rates.
Source: 2012 House campaign website, swalwellforcongress.com , Nov 6, 2012

Rated 100% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance.

Swalwell scores 100% Alliance for Retired Americans

Scoring system for 2014: Ranges from 0% (supports privatization and other market-based reforms) to 100% (supports keeping federal control over Trust Fund and Social Security system).

About ARA (from their website, www.RetiredAmericans.org):

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, founded in May 2001, with now over 4.2 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives. The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.

Source: ARA lifetime rating on incumbents of 113th Congress 14_ARA on Jan 1, 2013

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