Joe Courtney on Social Security



Oppose any plan that jeopardizes or privatizes the system

Joe Courtney will make protecting Social Security his top priority. He’ll oppose any plan that jeopardizes the Social Security Trust Fund, or privatizes the system to put seniors’ retirement savings into the unpredictable stock market. Shoring up Social Security now will avoid a crushing burden on our children and grandchildren. Courtney signed the Campaign for America’s Future Pledge to protect Social Security against schemes to place the program at risk through privatization.
Source: 2006 House campaign website, www.joecourtney.com, “Issues” , Nov 7, 2006

No severe changes; no privatization.

Courtney signed H.RES.1077

Source: Resolution Against Severe Changes 10-HR1077 on Feb 5, 2010

Exclude Medicare and Social Security from deficit reduction.

Courtney signed Sense of Congress on Deficit Reduction

    Expresses the sense of Congress that:
  1. any deficit reduction plan put forward by the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction should not balance the budget by eroding America's hard-earned retirement plan and social safety net;
  2. Medicare's ability to deliver high quality health care in a cost-efficient manner should be strengthened and its benefits should be preserved for current and future retirees;
  3. appropriate reform to strengthen Social Security's long-term outlook should ensure that it remains a critical source of protection for the people of the United States and their families without further increasing the retirement age or otherwise decreasing benefits; and
  4. federal funding for the Medicaid program should be maintained so that senior citizens, poor and disabled children, and others with disabilities are able to gain and retain access to affordable health care.
Source: H.CON.RES.72 11-HCR72 on Aug 1, 2011

Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI".

Courtney co-sponsored Resolution on CPI

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION expressing the sense of the Congress that the Chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) should not be used to adjust Social Security benefits.