An advocacy group is urging Americans to call their Congressional leaders on Wednesday, April 10 -- the day that President Obama releases his 2014 budget proposal – and demand that lawmakers oppose the budget’s proposed cuts to Social Security to help pay for deficit reduction.
Today we join with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare in hopes of flooding members of Congress with calls reminding them that cuts to Social Security will have a deep impact on many Americans, including veterans and their families.
“While Paralyzed Veterans of America recognizes that measures must be taken to ensure the long-term solvency of Social Security, we believe this can be done through more progressive measures and without cuts in benefits,” said Susan Prokop, associate advocacy director at Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Specifically, the 2014 budget proposal includes an effort to reduce benefits by adopting the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula for determining cost-of-living adjustments, or COLAs, for recipients. Under this formula, millions of veterans receiving Social Security retirement benefits, VA disability compensation benefits and VA pension benefits would face significant cuts.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that adopting the chained CPI to calculate annual COLAs would save the government $208 billion over ten years by reducing Social Security, disability and other benefits, and by increasing revenues. More than half of that amount -- $112 billion – would come from Social Security cuts, which veterans rely on for both retirement and disability benefits. Another $24 billion in savings would come from veterans' VA benefits, civilian pensions and military retirement pay.
We urge you to call your members of Congress using NCPSSM’s legislative hotline toll-free at 800-998-0180 on Wednesday. The hotline will connect callers directly to their congressional leaders. Tell them you stand for veterans and against the chained CPI.
Learn more about Paralyzed Veterans of America's advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill
Brittany Ballenstedt is a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in several publications, including Government Executive, National Journal, Technology Daily and NextGov.com.