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house Bill H.R. 1401

Should a Bipartisan Commission Recommend Changes to Social Security?

Argument in favor

Social Security is unsustainable in its current form. A change is badly needed, but because this is such a contentious issue, policy proposals have yet to be enacted despite a number of ideas being put forward. A bipartisan commission tasked with making recommendations for an up-or-down vote by Congress could finally spur action on this issue.

Kathi13's Opinion
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04/16/2019
Maybe, in addition to creating solvency, the government could pay back the money it borrowed.
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Marcia's Opinion
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04/17/2019
Is this possible? I see it as the best solution to this “problem”, although I feel that Congress has misused these funds in the past. I also mistrust this administration to manipulate the balance of participation. I hope for fair consideration. This is peoples lives.
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Marc's Opinion
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04/17/2019
Although, rather than bipartisan, how about independent
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Argument opposed

There are already numerous proposals to make Social Security sustainable in the public sphere. A commission to study Social Security isn’t needed to help policymakers understand how to ensure Social Security’s solvency for future generations — Congress merely needs to weigh the options on the table and pass appropriate legislation.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/17/2019
Absolutely not. I don’t want a politician anywhere near the Social Security Trust Fund. While changes may be needed, it may be much wiser to develop suggestions from a committee made up of people from retirement organizations such as AARP who represent some of the finest minds in the country. No panel of politicians or political appointees would approach the problem in as sincere a manner as those affected by it.
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Margaret's Opinion
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04/17/2019
Congress needs to pay back the money it’s used from this fund for other government functions and then leave it alone.
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Gfeiste's Opinion
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04/16/2019
As long as one party has an extra person on the commission it is a no go as far as I am concerned. I like the idea of a bi-partisan commission very much. But if it is weighted in favor of a political party (either one) I am against it. I would prefer a non-partisan committee with actuarial representation, socio-economic representation, snd a recognition of what expenses are for the elderly vs. working age population so that COLA is adjusted appropriately.
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      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 27th, 2019
    Maybe, in addition to creating solvency, the government could pay back the money it borrowed.
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    Absolutely not. I don’t want a politician anywhere near the Social Security Trust Fund. While changes may be needed, it may be much wiser to develop suggestions from a committee made up of people from retirement organizations such as AARP who represent some of the finest minds in the country. No panel of politicians or political appointees would approach the problem in as sincere a manner as those affected by it.
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    Congress needs to pay back the money it’s used from this fund for other government functions and then leave it alone.
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    How about a citizens group/commission instead. They’re more likely to get something done, more likely to come up with a viable solution, and more likely to keep politics out of the mix. Keep the politicians away from the commission except for an advance agreement to introduce in both the House and the Senate, with bipartisan support, whatever the Citizens Commission develops.
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    As long as one party has an extra person on the commission it is a no go as far as I am concerned. I like the idea of a bi-partisan commission very much. But if it is weighted in favor of a political party (either one) I am against it. I would prefer a non-partisan committee with actuarial representation, socio-economic representation, snd a recognition of what expenses are for the elderly vs. working age population so that COLA is adjusted appropriately.
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    Here what would fix social security.... PUT THE DAMN MONEY BACK THAT WAS STOLEN FROM IT AND IT WILL BE IN GREAT SHAPE !
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    Is this possible? I see it as the best solution to this “problem”, although I feel that Congress has misused these funds in the past. I also mistrust this administration to manipulate the balance of participation. I hope for fair consideration. This is peoples lives.
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    Leave our social security alone!! You have, already, allowed 50 years of progress to be undone. Stop hurting the public you are supposed to be SERVING!
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    Fund it and leave it alone.
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    Put the money back!
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    Bi-partisan commission? The only things bi-partisan in DC are reckless spending and cynicism. Hands off SS. And pay back the 2.7 trillion that was stolen from We the People.
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    How about our representatives start paying SS. They have no skin in this and should have smarter people with skills work on this, the only thing that I’m confident in is our representatives fucking it up worse then it is.
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    Although, rather than bipartisan, how about independent
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    Pay all the money it stole
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    No.
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    Do not allow politicians to sit on the committee. Entire program and any changes must also be reviewed and approved by ethics panel. No Conservative deal-making. No special interests. (04-17 added thought): I’d like to see several leading universities and scholars working on a solution to this issue and not IVY league schools. Maybe there are several options and it is put out to The People to vote in an option. No option for Presidential Veto and Congress is to ensure the selected option is implemented properly and safeguarded.
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    Social security isn’t an entitlement, it’s something people have paid into for years. Instead of making cuts to it the government should pay the money back and it would be less of an issue.
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    DO NOT SCREW AROUND with Social Security!!!!!! And stop “Borrowing” money from Social Security. In fact, if you really want to do something good for your country, pass a law prohibiting Congress from touching Social Security!
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    A commission, maybe, but no politicians, and certainly not a majority of either party. Funding SS is too important to be put in the hands of this Congress.
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    Keep your hands off Social Security. Write legislation to remove the ‘Cap’ and SOcial Security will be just fine!
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