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03-HR0219 on Jan 7, 2003

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: investing surplus Trust Fund in market certificates
Source: Social Security Preservation Act (H.R.219)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To ensure the integrity of the Social Security trust funds by requiring the Managing Trustee to invest the annual surplus of such trust funds in marketable interest-bearing U.S. obligations, and certificates of deposit in institutions insured by the FDIC, and to protect such trust funds from the public debt limit.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Rep. PAUL: The Social Security Preservation Act is a rather simple bill which states that all monies raised by the Social Security trust fund will be spent in payments to beneficiaries, with excess receipts invested in interest-bearing certificates of deposit. This will help keep Social Security trust fund monies from being diverted to other programs, as well as allow the fund to grow by providing for investment in interest-bearing instruments.

The Social Security Preservation Act ensures that the government will keep its promises to America's seniors that taxes collected for Social Security will be used for Social Security. When the government taxes Americans to fund Social Security, it promises the American people that the money will be there for them when they retire. Congress has a moral obligation to keep that promise.

The return of massive federal deficits, and the accompanying pressure for massive new raids on the trust fund, make it more important than ever that Congress protect the trust fund from big spending, pork-barrel politics. I call upon all my colleagues, regardless of which proposal for long-term Social Security reform they support, to stand up for America's seniors by cosponsoring the Social Security Preservation Act.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to House Subcommittee on Social Security; never came to a vote.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 6. Question 6: Privatize Social Security Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Social Security
  • Headline: Invest surplus Trust Fund in market certificates (Score: 2)
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill to put Trust Fund into market certificates (Score: 2)

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Democrats participating in 03-HR0219

Republicans participating in 03-HR0219

Roscoe Bartlett s1oMaryland Republican 
Steve Chabot s1oOhio Republican 
Chris Chocola s1oIndiana Republican 
Mark Green s1oWisconsin Republican 
Ray LaHood s1oIllinois Republican (Retiring 2008) 
John Mica s1oFlorida Republican 
Bob Ney s1oOhio Republican 
Ron Paul s2pPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
Christopher Smith s1oNew Jersey Republican 
Tom Tancredo s1oColorado Republican Governor challenger 
Zach Wamp s1oTennessee Republican (until 2010) 

Independents participating in 03-HR0219

Virgil Goode s1oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 11
Independents: 1

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