Among the steps that Obama will propose Wednesday is a call for a “chained” consumer price index, which would change the way that inflation is measured for Social Security and could result in benefit reductions. Republicans have supported such a proposal in the past, but Pfeiffer said Obama would offer it on only two conditions.
“Those two conditions are, one, it’s part of a balanced package that includes closing tax loopholes to benefit the wealthiest and, two, that it has protections for the most vulnerable, including the oldest seniors,” he said, adding that the president’s plan for chained CPI will “absolutely” have exceptions, or carve-outs, for certain groups.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.