Legislation helps Americas\’ seniors
WASHINGTON- On March 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act of 2000. This bill was passed by a vote of 422-0 and then sent to the U.S. Senate.
Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, issued the following statement regarding House passage of the Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act of 2000:
"The Senior Citizens Freedom to Work Act of 2000 repeals the Social Security earnings limit. This Act allows senior citizens to receive all of their social security benefits, even if they choose to supplement their Social Security income through part time work.
"More then 800,000 senior citizens lose part of their Social Security benefits because of the Social Security earnings limit.
"Working seniors whose yearly earnings exceed a certain amount have their Social Security benefits eliminated or cut by this \’earnings limit.\’
"We congratulate chairman Bill Archer, Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Clay Shaw; and Senior Ways and Means Member Sam Johnson. All three worked diligently to protect America\’s seniors.
"We encourage the Senate to pass this legislation and send it to President Clinton so that the earnings penalty can be eliminated once and for all."