It’s Time for Seniors to Get a Fair COLA Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1251—The Fair COLA Act of 2017—in February. This bill would change the current price index used to calculate COLAs to one tailored around the lives and needs of retirees: the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E). This index actually reflects how retirees spend their money – especially in health care and housing. This commonsense proposal will help benefits keep up with costs and make Social Security work better for the people it serves. This bipartisan bill already has 33 co-sponsors – Republicans and Democrats who understand the current calculation is unfair.
Americans everywhere agree: Social Security is not an entitlement; it is a benefit seniors earn through decades of work building our nation’s economy. Seniors and retirees deserve to have a program that evolves along with their cost of living, and Congress can take a very simple step to make that a reality.
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Williams Town Hall Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) will host a Town Hall in Williams, CA to discuss the many critical issues before Congress and the Administration. Free and open to the public, all 3rd District residents are encouraged and invited to attend. Congressman Garamendi will deliver a brief update on the state of affairs in Washington, and then take questions from the audience. The venue is wheelchair accessible.