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American Bridge Paul Ryan Research Book

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Ryan Voted Against Supporting Struggling Seniors. On December 08, 2010, Ryan voted against suspending House rules
and pass the Seniors Protection Act (H.R.5987). The legislation would provide a one-time payment of $250 to recipients of
Social Security, railroad retirement benefits and veterans’ disability compensation or pension benefits if there is no cost-of-
living adjustment (COLA) payable in 2011. COLAs are determined by a formula that increases payments when the costs of
everyday expenses rise. However, inflation has not been high enough to trigger such adjustments due to economic deflation.
[Roll Call 611, H 5987, 12/08/2010; Congressional Quarterly Today, 12/8/10]

Ryan Opposed Higher Taxes for Social Security Recipients. In 2000, Ryan voted in favor of a bill that would repeal a tax
imposed in 1993 that increased the portion of Social Security benefits subject to taxation from 50 percent to 85 for the one-
fifth of Social Security recipients with the highest incomes. The 1993 tax increased to 85 percent, the part of Social Security
benefits subject to income tax when a recipient’s income including half the annual Social Security benefit, exceeded $34,000
for a single person and $44,000 for a married couple. The revenue generated by the 1993 tax was $8 billion in 2000 alone and
was projected to total $117 billion over the following decade. This revenue was earmarked only for Medicare, but the bill
provided that the revenues that would have been collected had the tax not been repealed would be transferred to the Medicare
trust fund from the general fund. The bill passed, 265-159 [Roll Call 450, H 4865, 07/27/2000; New York Times, 7/28/00]

Ryan Opposed Higher Taxes for Social Security Recipients. In 2000, Ryan voted in favor of a bill that would repeal a tax
imposed in 1993 that increased the portion of Social Security benefits subject to taxation from 50 percent to 85 for the one-
fifth of Social Security recipients with the highest incomes. The 1993 tax increased to 85 percent, the part of Social Security
benefits subject to income tax when a recipient’s income including half the annual Social Security benefit, exceeded $34,000
for a single person and $44,000 for a married couple. The revenue generated by the 1993 tax was $8 billion in 2000 alone and
was projected to total $117 billion over the following decade. This revenue was earmarked only for Medicare, but the bill

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provided that the revenues that would have been collected had the tax not been repealed would be transferred to the Medicare
trust fund from the general fund. The bill passed, 265-159. [Roll Call 450, H 4865, 07/27/2000; New York Times, 7/28/00]

Ryan Supported Tax Cut for Social Security Recipients. In 2000, Ryan voted in favor of a bill that would repeal a tax
imposed in 1993 that increased the portion of Social Security benefits subject to taxation from 50 percent to 85 for the one-
fifth of Social Security recipients with the highest incomes. The 1993 tax increased to 85 percent, from 50 percent, the part of
Social Security benefits subject to income tax when a recipient’s income, including half the annual Social Security benefit,
exceeds $34,000 for a single person and $44,000 for a married couple. The revenue generated by the 1993 tax was $8 billion in
2000 alone, and was projected to total $117 billion over the following decade. This revenue was earmarked only for Medicare,
but the bill provided that the revenues that would have been collected had the tax not been repealed would be transferred to
the Medicare trust fund from the general fund. The bill passed, 265-159. [Roll Call 450, H 4865, 07/27/2000; New York
Times, 7/28/00]

Ryan Used Social Security Trust Fund To Pay For Exploding Tax Cuts. Ryan voted in favor of the GOP Leadership’s
budget plan that required using part of the Social Security surplus to pay for an exploding tax cut, of an estimated $778 billion,
over the following 10 years. Experts warned that the budget surpluses, including the Social Security Trust Fund, would have to
be used to pay for any tax cut. While supporting the GOP budget plan, Ryan voted against Democratic alternatives that were
designed to delay the implementation of any tax cuts until the long-term solvency of Social Security and Medicare could be
guaranteed. [Roll Call 85, S 68, 04/14/1999; CQ Weekly Report, 4/17/99]

Ryan Voted To Raid Social Security In Favor Of Tax Cuts That Ended Surplus. Ryan voted in favor of the GOP
Leadership’s budget plan that required using part of the Social Security surplus to pay for an exploding tax cut, of an estimated
$778 billion, over the following 10 years. Experts warned that the budget surpluses, including the Social Security Trust Fund,
would have to be used to pay for any tax cut. While supporting the GOP budget plan, Ryan voted against Democratic
alternatives that were designed to delay the implementation of any tax cuts until the long-term solvency of Social Security and
Medicare could be guaranteed. [Roll Call 77, S 68, 03/25/1999; CQ Weekly Report]

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