From: James Gashel, Director of Governmental Affairs,
National Federation of the Blind
SOCIAL SECURITY EARNINGS LIMIT ALERT
Cosponsors in the Senate are urgently needed in order to prepare for
floor action on the Bingaman amendment. Senator Bingaman has circulated a
"Dear Colleague" letter asking for cosponsors. The letter, dated March
18, 1996, should have been received in all Senate offices by now. Wayne
Propst in Senator Bingaman's office will provide additional copies, if
necessary, upon request. His telephone number is (202) 224-5521.
All of us need to urge Senators to cosponsor the Bingaman amendment.
Check the NFB'S web site at http://www.nfb.org under "National
Legislation" for Senators' phone numbers, fax numbers, and e-mail
addresses. Timely action is critical! Contacts must be initiated
For cost reasons only, the Bingaman amendment is not a permanent
linkage of the earnings limits. However, it is better than losing the
linkage immediately. Also, it keeps us in the "ball game" on earnings
limit adjustments (so to speak) for several years.
With things being what they are in Congress, just about anything
could happen at this point. For example, consideration is being given to
attaching the earnings limit change to the must-pass debt ceiling bill.
This would mean that S. 1470 (the earnings limit bill itself) would not be
considered as a freestanding measure. Whatever happens, however, you can
be sure that a large number of cosponsors for the Bingaman amendment will
help. Therefore, let's do our work.
For those of you who receive confirmation that a Senator will become
a cosponsor, please inform me of that fact. This will help to develop a
cosponsor list that is both large and accurate.
Thanks to all.
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