Sanders introduces bill to boost Social Security

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is rolling out legislation to bolster Social Security payments and make high-income earners pay more into the retirement system. "Anyone who tells you Social Security is going broke is lying,” Sanders said. “We can increase Social Security benefits for millions of Americans and extend the life of Social Security if we have the political will to tell the wealthiest Americans to pay the same rate as everyone else.”
 
The legislation would increase Social Security benefits by about $1,300 annually for seniors who make less than $16,000, while boosting the amount of taxes paid by high-income earners by subjecting incomes above $250,000 to payroll taxes. 

Sanders argued that his proposal has an "overwhelming majority" of support in both parties, pointing to an Oct. 2016 Public Policy Polling survey that found that 72 percent of Americans support increasing the entitlement program. 
 
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) is introducing a House version of the bill.

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