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If there are proposed changes to Social Security, who which committees would have jurisdiction? Senate Finance? House Ways and Means?

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

on health, education, labor, and pensions also has jusrisdiction. Tom Harkin's the Chairperson and Barbara Mikulski is the Chair of the Subcommittee on Retirement and Aging.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

money is the least of it, it is the information they have that makes them so valueable to their clients. Clearly there is a plan as to how to move this thru the Senate, and much of Versailles is in on it, but we are on the outside looking in.

Submitted by jawbone on

Chaired by Sam Johnson (R - TX 3rd), with Xavier Becerra (D - CA 31st) as ranking member.

Republicans (7)
Rep. Kevin Brady (REP-TX-8th)

Rep. Pat Tiberi (REP-OH-12th)

Rep. Aaron Schock (REP-IL-18th)

Rep. Erik Paulsen (REP-MN-3rd)

Rep. Rick Berg (REP-ND-At-Large)

Rep. Adrian Smith (REP-NE-3rd)

Democrats (4)
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (DEM-TX-25th)

Rep. Shelley Berkley (DEM-NV-1st)

Rep. Pete Stark (DEM-CA-13th)

This link has membership of the Ways and Means Committee.

I'm not sure how Paul Ryan has control over SocSec, but he will be a player for the Repubs.

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Submitted by beowulf on

According to Pat Moynihan (in a 1998 speech), there was a very specific reason that Finance and House Ways & Means are the shot callers for the Social Security Act (which now includes Medicare, Medicaid and SCHIP, among other programs). He quotes the memoirs of FDR's Labor Secretary Frances Perkins:
It is difficult now to understand fully the doubts and confusions in which we were planning this great new enterprise in 1934. The problems of constitutional law seemed almost insuperable. I drew courage from a bit of advice I got accidentally from Supreme Court Justice Stone. I had said to him, in the course of a social occasion a few months earlier, that I had great hope of developing a social insurance system for the country, but that I was deeply uncertain of the method since, as I said laughingly, "Your Court tells us what the Constitution permits." Stone had whispered, "The taxing power of the Federal Government, my dear; the taxing power is sufficient for everything you want and need."

Moynihan picks up the tale:
And so it came about that on August 14, 1935, when FDR signed the bill, standing at the President's right in the official photograph was Robert L. Doughton of North Carolina, Chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means.

am not altogether comfortable with what I am about to say, but I will do so anyway in the hope that you will give the subject some thought. I suggest that giving jurisdiction over Social Security to the tax writing committees of the Congress (the Finance Committee in the Senate), has caused the program to be treated as a somewhat marginal concern by its congressional guardians. As an example, no one much objected when the originally independent Social Security Administration was folded into first one agency then another, to the point of near disappearing...

By the way, Australia's Social Security Act is 20 times better than the rather ragged US version.

Submitted by jawbone on

requiring paying off public debt obligations (like, to China) before paying any obligations such as SocSec, Medicare, Medicaid, etc., to US citizens, but only if the debt ceiling is reached. Well, OK then, like that'll ever happen....

Seriously, pay any and all debt holders before dispersing funds to guaranteed SocSec checks. It won't pass, but it sure ought to piss off anyone receiving or paying into SocSec.

Remember when those Tea Partiers were screaming at Dem reps to keep their government hands off their Medicare? This ought to be interesting.

How did Toomey get elected? Whole lotta anger out there in bitter knitter/gun clinging land, eh?

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