H.R.3497 - Social Security Guarantee Plus Act of 2001107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Shaw, E. Clay, Jr. [R-FL-22] (Introduced 12/13/2001)|
|Committees:||House - Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||12/14/2001 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E2307-2308) (All Actions)|
|Notes:||On 6/19/2002, a motion was filed to discharge the Rules Committee from consideration of H.Res.425 a resolution providing for the consideration of H.R.3497. A discharge petition requires 218 signatures for further action. (Discharge Petition No. 107-7: text with signatures.)|
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Summary: H.R.3497 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Social Security Guarantee Plus Act of 2001 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) and title II (Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance) (OASDI) of the Social Security Act (SSA) to establish a Social Security Guarantee Program, to be administered by a Social Security Guarantee Board established within the Social Security Administration. Authorizes any individual age 18 with a Social Security number to elect to enroll as a covered individual and receive in the Social Security guarantee account established for him or her by the Board a calendar year payment of Social Security guarantee refundable credits and interest.
Introduced in House (12/13/2001)
Requires designation of a certified account manager by or on behalf of each covered individual to hold the individual's Social Security guarantee account assets for investment, including in common stock portfolios and fixed income securities.
Amends the IRC to make the Social Security guarantee accounts benefits taxable as Social Security benefits.
Amends SSA title II to: (1) repeal the limitation on the amount of outside income which beneficiaries age 62 or over may earn (earnings test) without incurring a reduction in benefits; (2) increase widow's and widower's insurance benefits; (3) provide for benefits for disabled widows and widowers without regard to age; (4) repeal the seven year restriction on eligibility for widow's and widower's insurance benefits based on disability; (5) waive the two-year waiting period for a divorced spouse's benefits if the other spouse remarries; (6) increase the amount of wages and self-employment income credited to years taken into account for beneficiaries precluded from remunerative work by the needs of child care; and (7) reduce the Government pension offset.
Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to issue a certificate, representing a legally enforceable guarantee of full Social Security benefits with accurate annual cost-of-living adjustment, to each individual entitled to monthly insurance benefits under SSA title II.