Ed Perlmutter on Social Security
Opposes private accounts for Social Security
Colorado has one of the fastest growing senior populations in the country. In Jefferson County alone, the older population is expected to grow 56% by the year 2020. Ed strongly believes we need to keep our promise to senior citizens and tomorrow's
retirees to maintain Social Security. He opposes "privatization" or private accounts for Social Security payroll contributions and supports removing the cap on payroll taxes ensuring the wealthiest people pay their fair share.
He supports further Congressional oversight and investigation to identify ways to keep Social Security solvent. In order to serve the changing demographic in our district,
Ed hosts Senior Resource Fairs to connect seniors, family members, and caretakers with non-profit organizations, government programs, and resources in the community
Source: 2018 CO gubernatorial campaign website perlmutter.house.gov
, May 2, 2017
No private accounts
We need to provide long-term solvency for Social Security, but I will never advocate privatizing it. Draining funds out of the Social Security Trust Fund in order to pay for so-called “private accounts” as Pres. Bush has called for, will only make the
long-term solvency problem worse.
We need to restore a sense of fiscal discipline to the federal government because the huge deficits we are running threaten the Social Security Trust Fund--[we need] pay-as-you-go rules for managing federal spending.
Source: 2006 House campaign website, perlmutter2006.com, “Issues”
, Nov 7, 2006
Rated 97% by ARA, indicating a pro-Trust Fund stance.
Perlmutter scores 97% 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
- Alliance members visit the polls in record numbers. We use the power of our membership and our Congressional Voting Record to educate and mobilize seniors to elect leaders committed to improving the lives of retirees and older Americans.
We are effectively warding off cuts to our most important social programs like Social Security and Medicare. Our Human Chain Against the Chained CPI events in the summer of 2013 took place in more than 50 cities and mobilized support for stopping this cut to earned Social Security benefits.
- We blocked the privatization of Social Security with our Social Security "Truth Truck" delivering 2.1 million petitions to Members of Congress and other tactics.
- The Alliance makes its voice heard on the issues that matter not just to current retirees, but to all Americans who hope to retire one day. We were a leading voice in recent debates considering changes to Medicare, like replacing guaranteed benefits with a voucher system, and remain so in 2014.
Page last updated: Nov 24, 2017