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Jim Risch on Social Security

Republican Jr Senator; previously Governor

 


Reform Social Security without privatization

Risch says we need to reform Social Security, but says he does not believe in privatization and will not vote to cut benefits.
Source: 2008 Idaho Senate Debate reported in Boise Weekly City Desk , Oct 9, 2008

Gradual changes now to avoid lower benefits later

Social Security not only serves as a retirement system, but also a provider of benefits to survivors & dependents. Changes to the original Depression-era program have made the program financially unsustainable under current policy.

To make these programs sound for future generations, we must begin reforming these entitlements now, while we are still able to make gradual changes and avoid lower benefits or massive tax increases that will severely impact beneficiaries in years to come.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2020 Idaho Senate race , Apr 3, 2008

Rated 4% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance.

Risch scores 4% Alliance for Retired Americans

Scoring system for 2014: Ranges from 0% (supports privatization and other market-based reforms) to 100% (supports keeping federal control over Trust Fund and Social Security system).

About ARA (from their website, www.RetiredAmericans.org):

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization, founded in May 2001, with now over 4.2 million members working together to make their voices heard in the laws, policies, politics, and institutions that shape our lives. The mission of the Alliance for Retired Americans is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.

Source: ARA lifetime rating on incumbents of 113th Congress 14_ARA on Jan 1, 2013

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