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Heidi Heitkamp on Social Security

 


Balance budget with limited effect on Social Security

Heitkamp recently backed a federal constitutional amendment that would require a balanced budget while limiting its effects on Social Security and Medicare. She described her support of a budget amendment as "something I thought I never would do."

"We cannot any longer rely on ... people who are elected to office, them feeling a personal obligation to (balance the budget)," Heitkamp said. "We have to have a system in place ... that is going to create an obligation."

A Berg spokesman said that Heitkamp backed a new federal health care law that will add billions to the federal debt. Her preferred balanced-budget amendment was "rejected as a sham" by a majority of Democrats, the spokesman said.

Source: AP/The Dickinson Press on 2012 N.D. Senate debate , May 5, 2012

Balance budget but not at expense of Social Security

I am committed to supporting a balanced budget amendment so long as that amendment protects Medicare and Social Security and provides flexibility for emergencies. I believe Medicare and Social Security must be protected because our seniors have paid into those programs for years. It's unfair to balance the budget by gutting these programs that middle-class workers have paid into for so long.
Source: Heitkamp column in Grand Forks Herald , Apr 6, 2012

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

Heitkamp 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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