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.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks with reporters following a vote in the Senate. Gillibrand’s proposal to remove military commanders from the process of reviewing sexual-assault cases was left out of the bicameral deal on the defense authorization bill, but the senator is pushing for a vote on her plan soon.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.