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Norm Coleman on Social Security

Republican Sr Senator (MN)


Introduced resolution to address notch benefit disparity

Q: The Senior Citizens League members are to a large extent Notch babies--those individuals who receive lower Social Security benefits because they were born in the years 1917 and immediately thereafter. Do you support Notch Reform?

A: I support efforts to address the notch benefit disparity. In fact, last year I introduced a resolution calling for Congress to take up legislation to correct this inequity.

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Address growing financial needs of Americaís seniors

Q: We believe that the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that seniors are currently receiving does not accurately reflect how they must spend their money. Do you support COLA Fairness, based on the consumer price index (CPI) for seniors?

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

Individual retirement accounts as part of comprehensive plan

Q: Do you support Social Security Reform or Privatization?

A: We must address the inherent fiscal problems in Social Security so that this vitally important program is around for future generations to use. For this reason, Iím a cosponsor of S. 355, Social Security and Medicare Solvency Commission Act. This bill would create a permanent bipartisan commission to make recommendations to ensure that programs like Social Security remain viable. This commission would establish a fixed timeline for Congressional action while improving efficiencies in service, delivery and quality of care, without harming the very people these programs are designed to help. Proposals such as individual retirement accounts, which I support, should only be considered as part of a bipartisan, comprehensive plan that doesnít threaten the retirement security of our seniors. Candidate did not respond to requests for information

Source: Senior Citizens League Guide to the 2008 US Senate Campaigns Oct 10, 2008

For private investment of IRAís, but against privatization

The Coleman campaign calls the Wellstone TV ad misleading because it implies that Coleman proposes to invest Social Security trust fund money in the stock market. What Coleman calls for is the creation of individual retirement accounts in which Americans could voluntarily invest a percentage of their Social Security withholdings in stocks and bonds. Colemanís plan would allow workers, roughly age 50 and under, to privately invest two of the 13 cents per dollar they earn thatís withheld for Social Security.

[The new Coleman ad says]: ďI donít support privatizing Social Security and Iíll fight against anybody who would do that. A Coleman spokesman says Wellstone is wrong in equating Colemanís support for individual retirement accounts with Social Security privatization. [A political analyst notes that] until the stock market plunged, supporters and opponents of the type of accounts Coleman is promoting generally referred to their plans as plans to privatize Social Security.

Source: Minnesota Public Radio, Election 2002 coverage Sep 20, 2002

Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security.

Voting YES would:
  1. require that the Federal Old Age and Survivors Trust Fund be used only to finance retirement income of future beneficiaries;
  2. ensure that there is no change to benefits for individuals born before January 1, 1951
  3. provide participants with the benefits of savings and investment while permitting the pre-funding of at least some portion of future benefits; and
  4. ensure that the funds made available to finance such legislation do not exceed the amounts estimated to be actuarially available.

Proponents recommend voting YES because:

Perhaps the worst example of wasteful spending is when we take the taxes people pay for Social Security and, instead of saving them, we spend them on other things. Even worse than spending Social Security on other things is we do not count it as debt when we talk about the deficit every year. So using the Social Security money is actually a way to hide even more wasteful spending without counting it as debt. This Amendment would change that.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

This amendment has a fatal flaw. It leaves the door open for private Social Security accounts by providing participants with the option of "pre-funding of at least some portion of future benefits."

Make no mistake about it, this is a stalking-horse for Social Security. It looks good on the surface, but this is an amendment to privatize Social Security.
Reference: Bill S.Amdt.489 on S.Con.Res.21 ; vote number 2007-089 on Mar 22, 2007

Rated 0% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record.

Coleman scores 0% by the ARA on senior issues

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. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.

The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.

Source: ARA website 03n-ARA on Dec 31, 2003

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MN Senatorial:
Al Franken
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AK:Begich (D)
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ID:Risch (R)
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DE:Kaufman (D)
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