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02-H4780 on May 21, 2002

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: rejecting proposals for private saving accounts
Source: H.R.4780
To reject proposals to partially or completely substitute private saving accounts for the lifelong, guaranteed, inflation-protected insurance benefits provided through Social Security. The Congress finds the following:
  1. President Bush promised to partially privatize Social Security, and appointed a commission to develop a plan on his behalf.
  2. The commission developed three alternative plans that would partially privatize Social Security.
  3. The plans divert substantial monies from the Social Security Trust Funds to pay for the private accounts, which threatens benefits for current beneficiaries by significantly weakening the financial condition of the Trust Funds.
  4. The plans' cuts in disability and survivor benefits directly contradict the President's promise that disability and survivor benefits would be preserved under privatization.
  5. Furthermore, these reductions in guaranteed benefits apply to all workers, regardless of whether they chose to have an individual account or not.
  6. Substituting private accounts for guaranteed Social Security benefits increases financial risk for retirees, disabled workers and their families.
  7. Moreover, other proposals to privatize Social Security, such as the 'Social Security Guarantee Plus' plan or the 'Social Security Ownership and Guarantee' plan, establish private accounts that directly or indirectly reduce Social Security benefits.
  • The Congress hereby commits to preserve the guaranteed, lifelong, inflation-protected benefits provided under the Social Security Act to retirees, disabled workers and their families, and the survivors of deceased workers; and
  • Congress therefore rejects the President's plans to partially privatize Social Security, and other proposals to privatize Social Security by establishing private accounts that would undermine traditional Social Security benefits.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Question 6: Privatize Social Security Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Social Security
  • Headline: Reject proposals for private saving accounts (Score: -2)
  • Headline 2: Reject proposals for private saving accounts (Score: -2)

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 02-H4780

Neil Abercrombie s2oHawaii Democrat (Resigned 2010) 
Gary Ackerman s2oNew York Dem./Ind./Lib. (Retiring 2012) 
Joe Baca s2oCalifornia Democratic Challenger 
Xavier Becerra s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Shelley Berkley s2oNevada Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Howard Berman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
David Bonior s2oMichigan Democrat 
Robert Borski s2oPennsylvania Democrat 
Rick Boucher s2oVirginia Democrat (until 2010) 
Corrine Brown s2oFlorida Democrat 
Sherrod Brown s2oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Julia Carson s2oIndiana Former Dem. (Deceased 2008) 
Joseph Crowley s2oNew York Democrat 
Rosa DeLauro s2oConnecticut Democrat 
Peter Deutsch s2oFL Former Democratic Senate challenger (2004); US Rep. 
John Dingell s2oMichigan Democrat 
Anna Eshoo s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Bob Etheridge s2oNorth Carolina Democrat (Unseated 2010) 
Lane Evans s2oIllinois Democrat 
Sam Farr s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Bob Filner s2oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s2oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Martin Frost s2oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Alcee Hastings s2oFlorida Democrat 
Maurice Hinchey s2oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Steny Hoyer s2oMaryland Democrat 
Steve Israel s2oNew York Democrat 
Eddie Bernice Johnson s2oTexas Democrat 
Patrick Kennedy s2oRhode Island Democrat (until 2010) 
Dale Kildee s2oMichigan Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Carolyn Kilpatrick s2oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Dennis Kucinich s2oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
James Langevin s2oRhode Island Democrat 
Tom Lantos s2oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2008) 
John Larson s2oConnecticut Democrat 
Sander Levin s2oMichigan Democrat 
Ken Lucas s2oKentucky Democrat (Until 2004) 
Steve Lynch s2oMassachusetts Democrat (Senate run 2013) 
Ed Markey s2oMA Democratic Challenger 
Robert Matsui s1iCalifornia Former Democrat (deceased) 
Betty McCollum s2oMinnesota Democrat 
Jim McDermott s2oWashington Democrat 
Cynthia McKinney s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Michael McNulty s2oNew York Dem./Cons. (Retiring 2008) 
Robert Menendez s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
George Miller s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Eleanor Holmes Norton s2oDistrict of Columbia Democrat 
James Oberstar s2oMinnesota Dem./Farmer/Labor (until 2010) 
John Olver s2oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Major Owens s2oNew York Democrat (until 2007) 
Frank Pallone s2oNew Jersey Democrat 
Donald Payne s2oNew Jersey Former Democrat(Deceased 2012) 
Nancy Pelosi s2oCalifornia Democrat 
David Phelps s2oIllinois Democrat 
Earl Pomeroy s2oNorth Dakota Democrat (until 2010) 
Charles Rangel s2oNew York Dem./Lib./Working-Families 
Ciro Rodriguez s2oTexas Democrat (until 2010) 
Lucille Roybal-Allard s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Bobby Rush s2oIllinois Democrat 
Loretta Sanchez s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Max Sandlin s2oTexas Democrat (Until 2004) 
Bobby Scott s2oVirginia Democrat 
Jose Serrano s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Brad Sherman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Hilda Solis s2oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Pete Stark s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Ted Strickland s2oOH Former Democratic Governor (2006-2010) 
Bart Stupak s2oMichigan Democrat (until 2010) 
Bennie Thompson s2oMississippi Democrat 
Mike Thompson s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Karen Thurman s2oFlorida Former Democrat 
Ed Towns s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal (Retiring) 
Maxine Waters s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Henry Waxman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Lynn Woolsey s2oCalifornia Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Albert Wynn s2oMaryland Democrat (Unseated 2008) 



Republicans participating in 02-H4780



Independents participating in 02-H4780

Bernie Sanders s2oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 76
Republicans: 0
Independents: 1


















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