Bills Introduced in the 115th Congress to Expand Social Security

Bill Name  Changes to Social Security Lifts the cap CPI-E Extends Solvency Other Benefits
Social Security Expansion Act

S. 427 & H.R. 1114


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Rep. Peter Defazio (D-OR-4)

Immediately subjects earnings above $250k to the payroll tax. Creates temporary “doughnut hole” of earnings not taxed between current cap and $250k, which will close steadily as the current cap grows to $250k. Taxes investment income. Switches to the more accurate CPI-E. Changes the benefit formula in a way which boosts benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries by approximately $65 per month.
CPI-E Act of 2017

H.R. 1251


Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA-3)

Switches to the more accurate CPI-E.
Protect Our Widow and Widower Retirement Act

H.R. 1583


Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA-38)

Creates an alternative benefit equal to 75 percent of the combined income received while both spouses were alive.
Social Security 2100 Act

H.R. 1902


Rep. John Larson (D-CT-1)

Subjects earning above $400k to payroll tax. Switches to the more accurate CPI-E. Changes the benefit formula in a way which boosts benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries by approximately $65 per month. Raises the minimum benefit 125%, combines the OASI and SSDI trust funds. Raises the threshold on the taxation of benefits.
Protection of Social Security Benefits Restoration Act

S. 959

H.R. 4500


Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3)

Repeals the 1996 Social Security garnishment rules for Social Security. The legislation would prevent Social Security from being garnished for federal student debt, home loans owed to the Veterans Administration, and food stamps overpayments.
Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2017

S. 1255


Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT)

Modestly enhances caregivers’ Social Security benefits. Anyone spending at least 80 hours a month providing care to a parent, spouse, domestic partner, sibling, child, aunt, or uncle is eligible to claim the credit, for up to 60 months. The credit would be structured in a way to complement earnings and would be progressive, with those not receiving income earning a higher credit, eventually phasing out when an individual earns more than the average national wage.
Social Security for Future Generations Act

H.R. 2855


Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL-5)

Extends student benefit to age 22. Updated widow/widower benefit. Switches to CPI-E. Subjects earning above $250k to payroll tax. Includes special minimum benefit.
Fair COLA for Seniors Act

H.R. 2896


Rep. Richard Nolan (D-MN-8)

One-time 3.9% COLA for 2017. Switches to the CPI-E for all years following 2017.
Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act

S. 1600 & H.R. 3302


Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL-22)

Switches to the more accurate CPI-E for all beneficiaries. Lifts the cap and asks higher income earners to pay Social Security on all their earnings in order to increase the program’s revenue stream and extend the overall solvency of the program. Extends Social Security’s solvency by gradually eliminating the tax cap over 7 years.


Related Bills

Bill Name Details
Social Security Fairness Act

H.R. 1205

Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)

Repeals the Government Pension Offset (GPO) provision as well as the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
Social Security Safety Dividend Act of 2017

H.R. 67

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee


Directs the Department of the Treasury to disburse a $250 cash payment to recipients of Social Security benefits, Supplemental Security Income benefits (under title XVI of the Social Security Act), railroad retirement benefits, or veterans disability compensation or pension benefits if no cost-of-living adjustment is payable for the year
Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs

S. 771 & H.R. 1776

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL-9)

Lowers the price of prescription drugs in America using policies like: Medicare drug price negotiations; increasing transparency at drug companies; end “pay-for-delay” agreements; penalizes companies that participate in price gouging; caps out-of-pocket costs or drugs in health insurance plans; increase generic competition; funds innovation.
SSI Restoration Act

H.R. 3307

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3)

Modernizes and improves SSI by streamlining and simplifying the claiming

process, expanding the resources and income limits and eliminating punitive reductions in benefits.

Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act

H.R. 676

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI-13)

Single payer universal health care bill with expanded benefits package to include coverage of medically necessary oral surgery, nutritional, and dietary health care services.
H.R. 4592

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to eliminate the two-year waiting period for divorced spouse’s benefits following the divorce.
H.R. 4593

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for full benefits for disabled widows and widowers without regard to age.
H.R. 4594

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for increases in widow’s and widower’s insurance benefits by reason of delayed retirement.
H.R. 4595

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17)

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the 7-year restriction on eligibility for widow’s and widower’s insurance benefits based on disability.


Congressional Actions

Topic Details
No Cuts Amendment

S.Con.Res.3, Amdt. 19


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

Senator Sanders, along with the entire Democratic Caucus in the Senate, introduced an amendment to the FY17 Budget to prevent the Senate from breaking Donald Trump’s promise that “there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.”
SSA Hiring Freeze Letter


Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL-5)

Congressman Lawson along with 48 Democrats in the House of Representative wrote President Trump to request an exemption for the Social Security Administration from the federal hiring freeze.
Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid Cuts Letter


Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI)

Sen. Joe Donnolly (D-IN)

Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA)

Senator Hirono along with 15 colleagues wrote a letter to President Trump demanding he keep his campaign promise to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid from drastic cuts and privatization.

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