Brown wants law forbidding early Social Security benefits for members of Congress

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Brown wants law forbidding early Social Security benefits for members of Congress

Morning Journal – Members of Congress should not get their Social Security benefits any sooner than other ordinary Americans, said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

Yesterday, Brown announced his new bill, the Shared Retirement Sacrifice Act of 2011, that would change rules so members of Congress would get later access to Social Security benefits. Currently the lawmakers can access the payments as early as age 50, while other working Americans must wait to age 66.

“Raising the Social Security retirement age might sound fair to politicians who come to work every day in a suit and tie, but it’s a nonstarter for working Ohioans who stand on their feet all day long in a restaurant or on a factory floor,” Brown said.

The bill comes a day after House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled a new budget plan that has come under attack from Democrats, including Brown, who claim Republicans will gut key programs including Social Security and Medicare.

“Social Security is under attack by those who falsely think it adds to the federal deficit,” Brown said. These same politicians want to give extra tax cuts to the wealthiest two percent of Americans and tax breaks for big corporations and big oil while dismantling Medicare. It’s time for Washington politicians to make the same sacrifices that they’re proposing for millions of Americans.”

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