By Lynn Sweet on November 15, 2010 10:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
Last week Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the non-partisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform caused a stir when they suggested curbing Social Security benefits.
The co-chairs jumped the gun in their announcement–they pre-empted their own bipartisan commission–facing a Dec. 1 deadline for making recommendations.
Commission member Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and other progressives were not pleased with the Social Security suggestion. On Tuesday Schakowsky unveils her own comprehensive deficit reduction plan.
“Contrary to the proposal issued by Commission Co-Chairs Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson last week, Schakowsky closes the deficit by 2015 without doing so on the backs of America’s middle class, seniors, the poor and people with disabilities,” Schakowsky’s office said in announcing the press conference.