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John Cornyn on Social Security

Republican Jr Senator (TX)

 


Biggest driver of national debt is entitlement spending

The worst-kept secret in Washington is that programs many Texans and Americans depend on--Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid--are going broke. While many agree that these important programs are in dire need of reform, few are willing to stand up and lead. President Obama even ignored the recommendations of his own bipartisan deficit commission, which should have been a wake-up call. Many in Congress prefer to stay on the sidelines, using the issue to attack political opponents while refusing to put forward a plan of their own.

Senator Cornyn supports and has voted for a responsible plan to preserve and protect these programs for Texas' seniors and poor, ensuring they're there for future generations. The biggest driver of our unsustainable national debt is entitlement spending. Until these programs are responsibly reformed, they will remain in jeopardy for generations of Texans to come.

Source: Vote-USA.org on 2014 Texas Senate incumbents , Oct 25, 2014

Social Security benefits are sacred

Cornyn believes that individuals should be guaranteed, in a binding contract, that their Social Security benefits will never be threatened. He will work to ensure that the children and grandchildren of our retirees can have the same kind of benefits.
Source: 2002 Senate campaign website, www.JohnCornyn.com, “Issues” , Jun 20, 2002

Voted YES on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security.

Voting YES would:
  1. require that the Federal Old Age and Survivors Trust Fund be used only to finance retirement income of future beneficiaries;
  2. ensure that there is no change to benefits for individuals born before January 1, 1951
  3. provide participants with the benefits of savings and investment while permitting the pre-funding of at least some portion of future benefits; and
  4. ensure that the funds made available to finance such legislation do not exceed the amounts estimated to be actuarially available.

Proponents recommend voting YES because:

Perhaps the worst example of wasteful spending is when we take the taxes people pay for Social Security and, instead of saving them, we spend them on other things. Even worse than spending Social Security on other things is we do not count it as debt when we talk about the deficit every year. So using the Social Security money is actually a way to hide even more wasteful spending without counting it as debt. This Amendment would change that.

Opponents recommend voting NO because:

This amendment has a fatal flaw. It leaves the door open for private Social Security accounts by providing participants with the option of "pre-funding of at least some portion of future benefits."

Make no mistake about it, this is a stalking-horse for Social Security. It looks good on the surface, but this is an amendment to privatize Social Security.
Reference: Bill S.Amdt.489 on S.Con.Res.21 ; vote number 2007-089 on Mar 22, 2007

Rated 10% by the ARA, indicating an anti-senior voting record.

Cornyn scores 10% by the ARA on senior issues

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. The Alliance believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.

The following ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization's preferred position.

Source: ARA website 03n-ARA on Dec 31, 2003

Rated 6% by ARA, indicating a pro-privatization stance.

Cornyn scores 6% 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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