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  •  A bill that has doesn't have a single co-sponsor, (1+ / 0-)
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    that's been read twice and referred to the Finance Committee, but never had a roll call vote, is not likely to win over very many people IMO.

    If Begich can get a vote and passage through the Senate, THEN he may have something.

    But until that time, this is simply a very short bill (the size of an amendment) to the 1986 Social Security Act that is sitting dormant in committee.

    Please check out Joan McCarter's diary.  Senator Schumer is in the process NOW of negotiating, and trying to set up the cut to Social Security that is known as "the Chained CPI."  [This, along with cuts to Medicare, would be done in exchange for raising taxes, per The Hill piece that I have linked to below.]  

    Schumer hopes to achieve this by the passage of a joint budget resolution.

    And here's the link to The Hill piece regarding this process.

    I am afraid that he may have lost his window of opportunity.  If he is serious about this bill, he truly needs to act on it ASAP.  

    And I would be enthusiastically cheering him on, I assure you.  :-)

    Mollie

    “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    by musiccitymollie on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 07:23:26 PM PST

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    •  BTW, pdc, I've rec'd this diary, and thank you for (0+ / 0-)

      publishing it.

      To put it bluntly, however, I believe that "time is of the essence" for a couple of reasons.

      Once a law is signed and enacted that cuts Social Security and/or Medicare, it will definitely be a "blot" on the Democrats' legacy.

      And I'm truly convinced that a great deal of damage will be done to the Democratic Party that will last for some years.

      The second concern is that once the first round of cuts are made to Social Security, it is no longer "the third rail of politics."

      And this may open the program up to repeated cuts.  At the minimum, I fear that it will make it easier for lawmakers to vote to enact the two other cuts that the President's Fiscal Commission recommends--raising the FRA to age 69, and 'means testing' Social Security.

      So, I sincerely salute your, and anyone else's efforts to put forward an alternate plan.

      But if there is not a strong sense of urgency in regard to moving this legislation, I imagine that the entire discussion and undertaking will soon become a moot point.

      Mollie

      “If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

      by musiccitymollie on Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 08:20:40 PM PST

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