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Garamendi Reintroduces the Fair COLA for Seniors Act

Press Release

by CC News
Rep John Garamendi

Legislation would Increase Social Security Benefits for Seniors and People with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the “Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2023” (H.R.716). This bill would require Social Security to use the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) to calculate a fairer cost of living adjustment (COLA) for seniors.

The bill would increase benefits and ensure that cost of living adjustments in Social Security reflect the real rising costs for seniors and disabled Americans.

Original Cosponsors: Representatives Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Steve Cohen (D-TN), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), Dina Titus (D-NV), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Deborah Ross (D-NC), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Jason Crow (D-CO), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Andy Kim (D-NJ), Gwen Moore (D-WI), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Jamaal Bowman (D-NY)

“Seniors and disabled citizens rely on Social Security benefits for a large portion of their income, and it’s about time for Social Security benefits to reflect their lifestyles,” said Garamendi. “Using a COLA that actually reflects how retirees spend their money – especially in health care – is a no-brainer that will increase benefits and make Social Security work better for the people it serves.”

The legislation has already earned broad support, with 19 original co-sponsorships and key support from leading advocacy groups and labor organizations.

“Social Security Works applauds Rep. Garamendi for championing Social Security and sponsoring the Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2023,” said Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works. “One of the most valuable features of Social Security is its inflation protection. However, the current method of calculating inflation under-measures the cost of living of seniors and people with disabilities who are disproportionately burdened by rising costs of prescription drugs and other essential medical care. By more accurately accounting for the costs faced by Social Security beneficiaries, this legislation better prevents the erosion over time of Social Security’s modest but vital earned benefits.”

The text of the “Fair COLA for Seniors Act” (H.R.716) is available here.

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1 comment

Robert C. February 5, 2023 - 9:46 am

The support of a few “advocacy groups” (that’s doublespeak for special interests) is not “broad support.” Sure, this would be nice but it needs to be tempered with a realistic look at the health of the Social Security Trust Funds. Demographics are unforgiving.

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