Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 47, Folder 20, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
March 12, 1971 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, pending
before the S~nate is an issue about
which there can be no dispute. Providing
a modest benefit increase for social
~ecwity pensioners is ·a proposal that
is not just overdue; it is delinquent beyond
all justification. Indeed, this increase
was overdue last December when
the Senate passed social security increases
essentially identical to those contained
in the pending proposal. The vote
then was 8 to 0. I would hope that the
Senate's resolve on this issue could again
be dernonstmted just as resoundinglY.
Our elderly citizens deserve no less.·
It should be noted that inflation has
eaten up· every penny and more of the
last social security increase granted back
in 1969. Ten percent beginning this year
is thus a minimal and wholly justified
increase. The sooner it becomes law together
with a higher minimum payment,
the better off will be those older Americans
whose very survival depends upon
this insurance program.
Expedition on this Issue is imperative.
To assist in this regard, the Majority
Policy .Committee undertook an examination
of means by which an early scheduling
date on social security coJlld be
reached. To that end, on February 2, it
adopted a resolution providing in part,
Whereas, The adoption by early Spring of
the sOCial security ~ure lwei.! is an abJeet!
ve of great urgency and of the highest
priority to those relying upon these annulties,
Wherea.~. the welfare reform, foreign tr&de
and social security proposals each involve
Issues that compel their independent consideration
from a procedural standpoint, and
Whereas, slmulp&.neou.s "
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