Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation today “that would safeguard Social Security by requiring extraordinary majorities in Congress to approve any reduction in benefits,” according to a press release from his office.
Sanders said, “Congress should not be able to cut the hard-earned Social Security benefits of current or future eligible recipients without a two-thirds vote by the Senate and the House. Our legislation does not prohibit Congress from cutting Social Security benefits, raising the retirement age or privatizing this important program. It simply ensures that a supermajority would be needed before Congress could take any of these actions.”
Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) joined Sanders at a press conference today in support of this legislation.
According to the release, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has introduced the same measure in the House.