H.R.917 - Social Security Notch Adjustment Act of 1991102nd Congress (1991-1992)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Roybal, Edward R. [D-CA-25] (Introduced 02/06/1991)|
|Committees:||House - Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||House - 09/11/1991 Motion to Discharge Committee filed by Mr. Lewis (FL). Petition No: 102-2. (All Actions)|
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HR 917 SC2 102d CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 917 To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for a more gradual period of transition (under a new alternative formula with respect to such transition) to the changes in benefit computation rules enacted in the Social Security Amendments of 1977 as such changes apply to workers born in years after 1916 and before 1927 (and related beneficiaries) and to provide for increases in such workers' benefits accordingly, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 6, 1991 Mr. ROYBAL (for himself, Mr. RINALDO, Mr. FORD of Tennessee, Mr. GRANDY, Mr. SAXTON, Mr. HEFNER, Mr. QUILLEN, Mr. ANNUNZIO, Mr. MACHTLEY, Mr. DERRICK, Mrs. VUCANOVICH, Mr. BROWN, Mr. BEVILL, Mr. KANJORSKI, Mr. HARRIS, Mr. PICKETT, Mr. MINETA, Mr. GALLO, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. MCEWEN, Mr. PALLONE, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. BOUCHER, Mr. GORDON, Mr. YATES, Mr. GAYDOS, Mr. MRAZEK, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. MCDADE, Mr. JONTZ, Mr. POSHARD, Mrs. LLOYD, Mr. CALLAHAN, Mr. MARTINEZ, Mr. WOLPE, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. PERKINS, Mrs. PATTERSON, Mr. NATCHER, Mr. SMITH of Florida, Mr. ROE, Mr. MURPHY, Mrs. COLLINS of Illinois, Ms. OAKAR, Mr. HALL of Texas, Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota, Mr. KOLTER, Mr. YATRON, Mr. JONES of North Carolina, Mr. HAYES of Illinois, Mr. WAXMAN, Mr. SMITH of New Jersey, Mr. MADIGAN, Mr. GEJDENSON, Mr. HORTON, Mr. WELDON, Mr. MANTON, Mr. STAGGERS, Mr. MORAN, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. STEARNS, Mr. LENT, Mr. CONDIT, Mr. FEIGHAN, Mr. BACCHUS, Mr. BONIOR, Mr. ENGLISH, Mr. MAVROULES, Mr. SUNDQUIST, Mr. CLINGER, Mr. LAGOMARSINO, Mr. RICHARDSON, Mr. ROTH, Mr. HUBBARD, Mr. CARR, Mr. EVANS, Mr. FAZIO, Mr. ANDERSON, Mr. VISCLOSKY, Mr. GOSS, Mr. LIPINSKI, Ms. MOLINARI, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. WILSON, Mr. STOKES, Mr. SCHEUER, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. DYMALLY, Mr. TRAFICANT, Mr. APPLEGATE, Mr. CHAPMAN, Mr. TALLON, Mr. DICKINSON, Mr. BAKER, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. GILMAN, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. VALENTINE, Mr. BRUCE, Mr. VOLKMER, Mr. DELLUMS, Mr. ACKERMAN, Mr. TORRES, Mr. COSTELLO, Mrs. MINK, Mr. KILDEE, Mr. SIKORSKI, Mr. HOLLOWAY, Mr. MONTGOMERY, Mr. WYLIE, Mr. BUSTAMANTE, Mr. BROOMFIELD, Mr. MILLER of Ohio, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. INHOFE, Mr. MCMILLEN of Maryland, Mr. KOSTMAYER, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. WILLIAMS, Mrs. ROUKEMA, Mr. BENNETT, Mr. HERTEL, Mr. LANCASTER, Mr. NAGLE, Mr. LEVINE of California, Mr. KOPETSKI, Mr. FROST, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. BERMAN, Ms. DELAURO, Mr. GUARINI, Mr. GONZALEZ, Mr. LUKEN, Mr. BILBRAY, Mr. SHAW, and Mr. DAVIS) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means September 19, 1991 Additional sponsors: Mr. ALEXANDER, Mr. REED, Mr. MARKEY, Mr. DWYER of New Jersey, Mr. TOWNS, Ms. NORTON, Mr. MCGRATH, Mr. SHUSTER, Mr. WHITTEN, Mr. FLAKE, Mr. BILIRAKIS, Mr. MFUME, Mr. MOORHEAD, Mr. SOLOMON, Mr. HYDE, Mr. FISH, Mr. LIGHTFOOT, Mr. NEAL of North Carolina, Mr. ECKART, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi, Mrs. MORELLA, Mr. HUCKABY, Mr. JOHNSTON of Florida, Mr. DARDEN, Mr. RAMSTAD, Mr. SANTORUM, Mr. TAYLOR of North Carolina, Mr. JONES of Georgia, Mr. HOCHBRUECKNER, Mr. STUMP, Mr. ROSE, Mr. WEBER, Mr. JAMES, Mr. YOUNG of Alaska, Mr. HOAGLAND, Mr. RIGGS, Mr. LEACH, Mr. SISISKY, Mr. SCHAEFER, Mr. COLEMAN of Texas, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. SWETT, Mr. TRAXLER, Mr. OWENS of New York, Mr. PAXON, Mr. ERDREICH, Mr. SARPALIUS, Mr. SPENCE, Mr. DORGAN of North Dakota, Mr. CRAMER, Mr. GEKAS, Mr. VANDER JAGT, Mr. SANGMEISTER, Mr. CAMP, Mr. COX of California, Mr. DE LUGO, Mr. HOBSON, Mr. DIXON, Mr. MOAKLEY, Mr. TAUZIN, Mr. BROWDER, Mr. ORTIZ, Mr. FRANKS of Connecticut, Mr. BRYANT, Mr. ROEMER, Mr. BOEHNER, Mr. OBERSTAR, Mr. RAVENEL, Mr. HENRY, Mr. CLAY, Mrs. BOXER, Mr. STARK, Mr. MURTHA, Mr. FOGLIETTA, Mr. GALLEGLY, Ms. HORN, Mr. DOOLEY, Mr. SMITH of Iowa, Mr. TORRICELLI, Mr. ANDREWS of New Jersey, Mr. ESPY, Mr. LEWIS of Georgia, Mr. HAYES of Louisiana, Mrs. BYRON, Ms. WATERS, Mr. SOLARZ, Mr. HUNTER, Mr. GEREN of Texas, Mr. GILLMOR, Mr. WALSH, Mr. NUSSLE, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. EMERSON, Mr. ORTON, Mrs. COLLINS of Michigan, Mr. TANNER, Mr. JEFFERSON, Mr. ZELIFF, Mr. LAUGHLIN, Mr. ZIMMER, Mr. HALL of Ohio, Mr. SAVAGE, Mr. BREWSTER, Mr. COMBEST, Mr. PETERSON of Florida, and Mr. OWENS of Utah August 24, 1992 Additional sponsors: Mr. CONYERS, Mr. LEHMAN of Florida, Mr. PETRI, Mr. BORSKI, Mr. GLICKMAN, Mr. EWING, Mr. HANSEN, Mr. NEAL of Massachusetts, Mr. COUGHLIN, Mr. PARKER, Mr. VENTO, Mr. DUNCAN, Mr. ROGERS, Mr. WEISS, Mr. MARLENEE, Mr. SMITH of Oregon, Mr. EDWARDS of Oklahoma, Mrs. LOWEY of New York, Ms. PELOSI, Mr. CAMPBELL of California, Mr. CUNNINGHAM, Mr. OLVER, Mr. GILCHREST, Mr. CLEMENT, Mr. STALLINGS, Mr. HERGER, Mr. RUSSO, Mr. PAYNE of New Jersey, Mr. SHARP, Mr. YOUNG of Florida, Mr. STUDDS, Mr. MOLLOHAN, Mr. SKEEN, Mr. HATCHER, Mr. LEHMAN of California, Mr. OBEY, Mr. LOWERY of California, Mr. LIVINGSTON, Mr. CAMPBELL of Colorado, Mr. ATKINS, Mr. EDWARDS of Texas, Mrs. KENNELLY, Mr. EARLY, Mr. BROOKS, Mr. MORRISON, Mr. KLUG, Mr. SCHIFF, and Mr. Washington Deleted sponsor: Ms. HORN (added June 10, 1991; deleted July 1, 1992) A BILL To amend title II of the Social Security Act to provide for a more gradual period of transition (under a new alternative formula with respect to such transition) to the changes in benefit computation rules enacted in the Social Security Amendments of 1977 as such changes apply to workers born in years after 1916 and before 1927 (and related beneficiaries) and to provide for increases in such workers' benefits accordingly, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Social Security Notch Adjustment Act of 1991'. SEC. 2. EXPANSION OF PERIOD OF TRANSITION; NEW ALTERNATIVE FORMULA WITH RESPECT TO SUCH PERIOD. (a) EXPANSION OF PERIOD OF TRANSITION- Section 215(a)(4)(B)(i) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 415(a)(4)(B)(i)) is amended by striking `1984' and inserting `1989'. (b) ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW TRANSITIONAL FORMULA- Section 215(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: `(8)(A) Paragraphs (1) (except for subparagraph (C)(i) thereof) and (4) do not apply to the computation or recomputation of a primary insurance amount for an individual who had wages or self-employment income credited for one or more years prior to 1979, and who was not eligible for an old-age or disability insurance benefit, and did not die, prior to January 1979, if in the year for which the computation or recomputation would be made the individual's primary insurance amount would be greater if computed or recomputed under subparagraph (B). `(B) The primary insurance amount computed or recomputed under this subparagraph is equal to the sum of the amount which would be computed under this subsection if this paragraph were not applied, plus the product (not less than zero) derived by multiplying-- `(i) the excess of the adjusted old-law benefit amount over the new-law benefit amount, by `(ii) the applicable reduction factor. `(C) For purposes of this paragraph, in the case of any individual described in subparagraph (A)-- `(i) The term `adjusted old-law benefit amount' means the amount computed or recomputed under this subsection as in effect in December 1978 (for purposes of old-age insurance benefits in the case of an individual who becomes eligible for such benefits prior to 1989) or subsection (d) (in the case of an individual to whom such subsection applies), subject to the amendments made by section 5117 of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990. `(ii) The term `new-law benefit amount' means the amount which would be computed under this subsection if this paragraph were not applied. `(iii)(I) The term `applicable reduction factor' means the excess of the applicable base percentage determined under subclause (II) over the applicable early retirement percentage determined under subclause (III). `(II) The applicable base percentage determined under this subclause is the percentage provided in the following table: `If the individual becomes eligible for old-age insurance --The applicable base benefits in: --percentage is: 1979 --40 percent 1980 --37 percent 1981 --34 percent 1982 --31 percent 1983 --25 percent 1984 --20 percent 1985 --15 percent 1986 --10 percent 1987 --5 percent 1988 --5 percent. `(III) The applicable early retirement percentage determined under this subclause is the product derived by multiplying 5/12 of 1 percent by the total number of months, before the month in which the individual attains the age of 65, for which an old-age insurance benefit is payable to such individual.'. (c) APPLICABILITY OF OLD PROVISIONS- Section 215(a)(5) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(a)(5)) is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (A), by striking `subject to subparagraphs (B), (C), (D), and (E),' and inserting `subject to subparagraphs (B), (C), (D), (E), and (F),'; and (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph: `(F) In applying this section as in effect in December 1978 as provided in subparagraph (A) in the case of an individual to whom paragraph (1) does not apply by reason of paragraph (8)-- `(i) subsection (b)(2)(C) shall be deemed to provide that an individual's `computation base years' may include only calendar years in the period after 1950 (or 1936 if applicable) and ending with the calendar year in which such individual attains age 65; and `(ii) the `contribution and benefit base' (under section 230) with respect to remuneration paid in (and taxable years beginning in) any calendar year after 1981 shall be deemed to be $29,700.'. (d) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 215(a)(3)(A) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 415(a)(3)(A)) is amended in the matter following clause (iii) by striking `(4)' and inserting `(4) or (8)'. SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE AND RELATED RULES. (a) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subsection (c), the amendments made by this Act shall be effective as if included in the amendments made by section 201 of the Social Security Amendments of 1977. (b) RECOMPUTATION- In any case in which an individual (under title II of the Social Security Act) is entitled, for the month in which this Act is enacted, to monthly insurance benefits under such title which were computed-- (1) under section 215 of the Social Security Act as in effect (by reason of the Social Security Amendments of 1977) after December 1978, or (2) under section 215 of such Act as in effect prior to January 1979 (and subsequently amended and modified) by reason of subsection (a)(4)(B) of such section (as amended by the Social Security Amendments of 1977), the Secretary of Health and Human Services (notwithstanding section 215(f)(1)) of the Social Security Act) shall recompute such individual's primary insurance amount so as to take into account the amendments made by this section. (c) PROSPECTIVE APPLICABILITY- The amendments made by this Act shall apply only with respect to benefits for months after November 1991.