Tom Allen on Social Security
2008 Senate challenger; Democratic Representative (ME-1)
A: Allen supports Social Security Notch reform to correct the compensation disparity for individuals born in the notch period. Allen is a cosponsor of H.R. 368, the Notch Fairness Act of 2007, which will allow individuals born in the notch period to choose either lump sum payments or an improved benefit computation formula.
A: People should never be forced to choose between heating their homes, buying food, and paying for medications. In our current economy, more seniors are struggling to make ends meet. As energy prices, food prices, and medical expenses increase, social security benefits must be adjusted accordingly to guarantee that we take care of our seniors.
A: Tom Allen believes comprehensive Social Security reform and long-term solvency of the Social Security program must be a national priority. During his time in Congress, Rep. Allen fought against irresponsible Republican budgets that raided the Social Security trust fund to provide tax breaks for millionaires. Rep. Allen supported alternative budget proposals that protected Social Security and voted to save the budget surplus until legislation addressing Medicare and Social Security Trust Funds solvency was enacted. Tom has long supported measures to guarantee long-term Social Security solvency and voted to preserve 100% of the Social Security surplus for the Social Security program.
RESOLUTION: Recognizing the unique effects that proposals to reform Social Security may have on women.
The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.
The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.
Women's Retirement Security Act of 2008: To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to increase the retirement security of women and small business owners. Amends the Internal Revenue Code to:
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(13 Democrats; 15 Republicans)
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