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Allyson Schwartz on Social Security

Democratic Representative (PA-13)

 


No further reductions in the public pension benefits

All four candidates would maintain a defined benefit pension program for public employees and would oppose switching the system to a 401(k)-style plan and further delaying the state's annual pension obligation payments. McCord, McGinty and Schwartz oppose further reductions in the pension benefits of public employees, while Wolf would not say whether he would support or oppose such reductions. None put forward a specific plan to fully fund the state's pension funds.
Source: Washington Times on 2014 Pennsylvania governor race , May 17, 2014

AdWatch: Trade benefit cuts for balancing budget

The Cooper-LaTourette budget had the backing of an array of Astroturf groups like the Concord Coalition and Fix the Debt, while the center-left Center on Budget on Policy Priorities panned it as "significantly to the right of Simpson-Bowles"--a framework that progressive lawmakers and activists have broadly rejected for cutting Social Security and Medicare benefits.

Yesterday I defended Allyson Schwartz's voting record on Social Security, but it turns out I was wrong as she was one of just 22 House Democrats to vote for Cooper-LaTourette. I reached out to the Schwartz campaign for comment on the vote, but seeing as Allyson Schwartz advertised the Concord Coalition's praise for her vote on her House page, I'm guessing she'd stand by it.

That's three organizations now--Third Way, New Democrats, and Concord Coalition--that Allyson Schwartz is aligned with who sell out progressives by cutting bad deals with Republicans on Social Security, public insurance benefits, and regulatory policy.

Source: KeystonePolitics AdWatch: 2014 Pennsylvania Governor race , Dec 5, 2013

Create Retirement Savings Accounts.

Schwartz adopted the manifesto, "A New Agenda for the New Decade":

Balance America’s Commitments to the Young and the Old
An ever-growing share of the federal budget today consists of automatic transfers from working Americans to retirees. Moreover, the costs of the big entitlements for the elderly -- Social Security and Medicare -- are growing at rates that will eventually bankrupt them and that could leave little to pay for everything else government does. We can’t just spend our way out of the problem; we must find a way to contain future costs. The federal government already spends seven times as much on the elderly as it does on children. To allow that ratio to grow even more imbalanced would be grossly unfair to today’s workers and future generations. In addition, Social Security and Medicare need to be modernized to reflect conditions not envisioned when they were created in the 1930s and the 1960s. Social Security, for example, needs a stronger basic benefit to bolster its critical role in reducing poverty in old age. Medicare needs to offer retirees more choices and a modern benefit package that includes prescription drugs. Such changes, however, will only add to the cost of the programs unless they are accompanied by structural reforms that restrain their growth and limit their claim on the working families whose taxes support the programs.

Source: The Hyde Park Declaration 00-DLC7 on Aug 1, 2000

No severe changes; no privatization.

Schwartz signed H.RES.1077

Source: Resolution Against Severe Changes 10-HR1077 on Feb 5, 2010

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

Schwartz 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

2016-17 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Social Security: Allyson Schwartz on other issues:
PA Gubernatorial:
Mark Critz
Michael Nutter
Tom Corbett
Tom Wolf
PA Senatorial:
Bob Casey

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