FACT CHECK: DID EVERY DEMOCRAT VOTE AGAINST A COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE FOR SOCIAL SECURITY?

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Posted by Ruth Foster Blom on Thursday, July 11, 2019


An image shared on Facebook claims that every congressional Democrat voted against a 2.8 percent cost-of-living increase for Social Security.

The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) changes each year automatically, without input from Congress. Democrats did not vote on whether to alter or deny the adjustment for 2019.

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Fact Check:

The Social Security Administration (SSA) distributes benefits to well over 60 million Americans each month, using annual COLAs to keep the value of those benefits from being eroded by inflation.

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Prior to 1975, Congress had to enact legislation to increase these benefits. That ended after President Richard Nixon signed a law authorizing the automatic yearly adjustments received today.

These adjustments are based on the change in consumer prices for a basket of goods and services purchased by urban wage earners and clerical workers. Benefits go up if there is a measurable increase in the index year over year; otherwise, there is no adjustment.

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The SSA announced a 2.8 percent increase for 2019, the largest annual adjustment since 2012 and likely the source of the percentage cited by the meme. In recent years, COLAs have been smaller – there was a...
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