Super Committee


Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid Supercommittee Reports

The Strengthen Social Security Campaign has produced reports detailing the projected fall-out resulting from proposed cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. In the eleven Super Committee states represented, 20.3 million Americans receive Social Security, 18.5 million Americans receive Medicare, and 21.4 million Americans receive Medicaid.


Money Injected in to Super Committee Members’ States Economies By Program

Social Security in Super Committee States Medicare in Super Committee States Medicaid in Super Committee States Total Spending: Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid in Super Committee States
$267.3 Billion $206.1 Billion $147.5 Billion $620.9 Billion

Click the links below for the reports on every individual member's state or congressional district.

Arizona (Sen. John Kyl)
California's 31st District (Rep. Xavier Becerra)
Maryland's 8th District (Rep. Chris Van Hollen)
Massachusetts (Sen. John Kerry)
Michigan's 4th District (Rep. Dave Camp)
Michigan's 6th District (Rep. Fred Upton)
Montana (Sen. Max Baucus)
Ohio (Sen. Rob Portman)
Pennsylvania (Sen. Pat Toomey)
South Carolina's 6th District (Rep. James Clyburn)
Texas' 5th District (Rep. Jeb Hensarling
Washington (Sen. Patty Murray)

Is the Supercommittee on Deficit Reduction out to cut Social Security?

Debt-ceiling legislation recently signed into law created a powerful joint committee of Congress known as the “Super Committee.” This bipartisan committee of 12 lawmakers is charged with proposing legislation that reduces federal deficits by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years. The committee’s recommendations will receive an up-or-down vote without amendment in each chamber, and without being subject to the Senate filibuster.

Many reports indicate that they will be looking to cut Social Security, even though Social Security does not contribute a penny to the deficit--and by law cannot contribute to the deficit. Medicare and Medicaid also could be on the chopping block.

Key Dates

Aug. 16: Congressional Leadership must appoint all members of Supercommittee
Sept.16: Supercommittee must have first meeting
Oct. 14: Legislative committees and president make recommendations to Supercommittee
Nov. 23: Supercommittee must vote on plan--if approved, it goes to Congress
Dec. 23: Supercommittee plan must pass both chambers to avoid trigger

Supercommittee Co-Chairs

Sen. Patty Murray

Senator Patty Murray

Rep. Jeb Hensarling

Supercommittee Members

Click each members' name to see where they stand on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
TableSocial Security, Medicare and Medicaid's Importance in Supercommittee Members' States and Congressional Districts

Member Republican Democrat
House Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas)
Rep. Dave Camp (R-Michigan)
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Michigan) 
Rep. Xavier Beccera (D-California)
Rep. James Clyburn (D-South Carolina)
Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland)
Senate Sen. John Kyl (R-Arizona)
Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pennsylvania)
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Washington)
Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana)
Sen. John Kerry (D-Massachusetts)

Resources on the Supercommittee

Fact Sheet: How the Debt Ceiling Deal Affects Social Security

Fact Sheet: “Super Committee” Created to Develop Deficit-Reduction Plan Should Exempt Social Security from Cuts

Table: Social Security and Medicare's Importance in Super Committee Members' States and Congressional Districts

Blog: Social Security's Biggest Threat: The Debt Deal Super Committee by Russ Feingold

Strengthen Social Security Campaign Letter Urging Super Committee to Oppose Chained CPI COLA Cut

Letter to Harry Reid from Strengthen Social Security Campaign about Super Committee Appointments

Letter to Nancy Pelosi from Strengthen Social Security Campaign about Super Committee Appointments


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