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HR 5987 - Seniors Protection Act - Key Vote

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Barney Frank voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Failed (House) (254-153) - (Key vote)

Title: Seniors Protection Act

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that would provide a one-time, $250 payment to recipients of Social Security and other Federal benefits, in the event that no cost-of-living adjustment is available in 2011.

Highlights:
  • Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to disburse a $250 payment to each individual entitled to Federal benefits if no cost-of-living increase takes effect by the end of December, 2010 (Sec. 2).
  • Specifies that eligibility for the $250 payment is limited to those individuals who were entitled to any of the following in October, November, or December of 2010 (Sec. 2):
    • Social Security;
    • Railroad Retirement benefits;
    • Veterans benefits; or
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • Authorizes payment only to those individuals who reside in the following locations (Sec. 2):
    • 1 of the 50 states;
    • The District of Columbia;
    • Puerto Rico;
    • Guam;
    • The United States Virgin Islands;
    • American Samoa;
    • Northern Mariana Islands; and
    • Locations with a foreign or domestic Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office or Diplomatic Post Office address.
  • Specifies that each individual shall receive only a single $250 payment, regardless of whether the individual is eligible for more than 1 benefit or cash payment under any Federal program (Sec. 2).
  • Requires the Commissioner of Social Security, the Railroad Retirement Board, and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to identify individuals who are eligible for the $250 payment, and to provide the information needed to disburse the payments to the Secretary of the Treasury (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits the Internal Revenue Service from regarding the $250 payment as gross income (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits the $250 payment from being included as income, or as a resource, when determining eligibility for benefits under any Federal, State, or local program financed by Federal funds (Sec. 2).
  • Exempts from eligibility any individual whose date of death occurs prior to the date the payment is received or direct-deposited into the individual's account (Sec. 2).
  • Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to begin disbursing payments at the earliest possible date in 2011, but before April 1, 2011 (Sec. 2).
  • Prohibits the disbursement of the $250 payments after December 31, 2011 (Sec. 2).
Note:

NOTE: THIS VOTE WAS TAKEN UNDER A SUSPENSION OF THE RULES TO CUT OFF DEBATE EARLY AND VOTE TO PASS THE BILL, THEREBY REQUIRING A TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY FOR PASSAGE.

Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Seniors Protection Act

Sponsors

  • Earl Pomeroy (ND - D) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

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