A group of Republicans proposed, but never voted on, a plan to keep Social Security funded by raising the retirement age.
One tweet viewed almost 1 million times claims to show a list of 156 Republicans who “voted to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70.” Currently, the full social security age is 67.
A graphic on Twitter says that Republicans have “signed a plan to cut Social Security.”
156 Republicans voted to raise the retirement age for Social Security to 70?
No, 156 Republicans did not vote to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70.
WHAT WE FOUND
The 173-member House GOP — a group of members of Congress who come together to achieve common legislative goals — released budget plan last year it was proposed to raise the retirement age for social security to 70. However, it was never put to a vote or even introduced as a law on the floor of the House of Representatives.
It’s also unclear whether every member of the caucus, called the Republican Research Committee (RSC), supports the budget, as the plan was drafted by a smaller task force within the group and only 16 of its representatives have signed off on it.
Budget plan linked to by viral tweet is ‘RSC’The plan to save America“, what is it released in June 2022while the Republicans were in the minority in the House of Representatives.
Page 82 of the plan proposes gradually raising the current full Social Security eligibility age by three months each year until 2040, when the full retirement age will be 70.
It was one of several changes to Social Security proposed by the plan, aimed at ensuring the program doesn’t run out of money. It is estimated that taxes currently pay only 75% of projected Social Security benefits through 2035. Social Security Administration.
VERIFY checked for Social Security age increases in the Congressional Record or Official Journal. The current House also did not vote for anything. The Blueprint to Save America is the only in Congressional Record June 21, 2022 Several Republicans have spoken out in support of the RSC budget, but none have actually turned the proposal into a bill or forced it to a formal vote in the House — the next steps in the legislative process.
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The party used the previous bill as the basis for this proposed budget. This legislation, Social Security Reform Act of 2016, also never voted. It was introduced in the House by Rep. Sam Johnson (R, TX-3) in December 2016 and then referred to a committee, where it died.
Republican studies describes himself as “a conservative group of House Republicans.” RSC the site currently lists 173 members. Although the graphic from the viral tweets says there are 156 Republicans, the graphic actually names 167 Republicans. About as many participants were listed on the RSK website at that time graphic has been published for the first time.
The actual budget passed by Congress for fiscal year 2023, which was passed before the 2022 midterm elections, which resulted in a GOP majority in the House of Representatives, does not contain such changes to the social security retirement age. The Biden administration Budget proposals for fiscal year 2024 is also trying to address Social Security’s solvency, except his plan is to reform the tax code for high-income earners.
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