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Text of the Notch Fairness Act of 1997

This bill was introduced on November 9, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Nov 9, 1997 (Introduced).

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HR 3008 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3008

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to allow workers who attain age 65 after 1981 and before 1992 to choose either lump sum payments over four years totalling $5,000 or an improved benefit computation formula under a new 10-year rule governing the transition to the changes in benefit computation rules enacted in the Social Security Amendments of 1977, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 9, 1997

Mr. NEUMANN introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to allow workers who attain age 65 after 1981 and before 1992 to choose either lump sum payments over four years totalling $5,000 or an improved benefit computation formula under a new 10-year rule governing the transition to the changes in benefit computation rules enacted in the Social Security Amendments of 1977, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Notch Fairness Act of 1997’.

SEC. 2. NEW GUARANTEED MINIMUM PRIMARY INSURANCE AMOUNT WHERE ELIGIBILITY ARISES DURING TRANSITIONAL PERIOD.

    (a) IN GENERAL- Section 215(a) of the Social Security Act is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (4)(B), by inserting ‘(with or without the application of paragraph (8))’ after ‘would be made’, and by striking ‘1984’ in clause (i) and inserting ‘1989’; and

      (2) by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(8)(A) In the case of an individual described in paragraph (4)(B) (subject to subparagraphs (F) and (G) of this paragraph), the amount of the individual’s primary insurance amount as computed or recomputed under paragraph (1) shall be deemed equal to the sum of--

      ‘(i) such amount, and

      ‘(ii) the applicable transitional increase amount (if any).

    ‘(B) For purposes of subparagraph (A)(ii), the term ‘applicable transitional increase amount’ means, in the case of any individual, the product derived by multiplying--

      ‘(i) the excess under former law, by

      ‘(ii) the applicable percentage in relation to the year in which the individual becomes eligible for old-age insurance benefits, as determined by the following table:

‘If the individual

--

becomes eligible for

--The applicable

such benefits in:

--percentage is:

1979

--55 percent

1980

--45 percent

1981

--35 percent

1982

--32 percent

1983

--25 percent

1984

--20 percent

1985

--16 percent

1986

--10 percent

1987

--3 percent

1988

--5 percent.

    ‘(C) For purposes of subparagraph (B), the term ‘excess under former law’ means, in the case of any individual, the excess of--

      ‘(i) the applicable former law primary insurance amount, over

      ‘(ii) the amount which would be such individual’s primary insurance amount if computed or recomputed under this section without regard to this paragraph and paragraphs (4), (5), and (6).

    ‘(D) For purposes of subparagraph (C)(i), the term ‘applicable former law primary insurance amount’ means, in the case of any individual, the amount which would be such individual’s primary insurance amount if it were--

      ‘(i) computed or recomputed (pursuant to paragraph (4)(B)(i)) under section 215(a) as in effect in December 1978, or

      ‘(ii) computed or recomputed (pursuant to paragraph (4)(B)(ii)) as provided by subsection (d),

    (as applicable) and modified as provided by subparagraph (E).

    ‘(E) In determining the amount which would be an individual’s primary insurance amount as provided in subparagraph (D)--

      ‘(i) subsection (b)(4) shall not apply;

      ‘(ii) section 215(b) as in effect in December 1978 shall apply, except that section 215(b)(2)(C) (as then in effect) shall be deemed to provide that an individual’s ‘computation base years’ may include only calendar years in the period after 1950 (or 1936 if applicable) and ending with the calendar year in which such individual attains age 61, plus the 3 calendar years after such period for which the total of such individual’s wages and self-employment income is the largest; and

      ‘(iii) subdivision (I) in the last sentence of paragraph (4) shall be applied as though the words ‘without regard to any increases in that table’ in such subdivision read ‘including any increases in that table’.

    ‘(F) This paragraph shall apply in the case of any individual only if such application results in a primary insurance amount for such individual that is greater than it would be if computed or recomputed under paragraph (4)(B) without regard to this paragraph.

    ‘(G)(i) This paragraph shall apply in the case of any individual subject to any timely election to receive lump sum payments under this subparagraph.

    ‘(ii) A written election to receive lump sum payments under this subparagraph, in lieu of the application of this paragraph to the computation of the primary insurance amount of an individual described in paragraph (4)(B), may be filed with the Commissioner of Social Security in such form and manner as shall be prescribed in regulations of the Commissioner. Any such election may be filed by such individual or, in the event of such individual’s death before any such election is filed by such individual, by any other beneficiary entitled to benefits under section 202 on the basis of such individual’s wages and self-employment income. Any such election filed after December 31, 1998, shall be null and void and of no effect.

    ‘(iii) Upon receipt by the Commissioner of a timely election filed by the individual described in paragraph (4)(B) in accordance with clause (ii)--

      ‘(I) the Commissioner shall certify receipt of such election to the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of the Treasury, after receipt of such

certification, shall pay such individual, from amounts in the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund, a total amount equal to $5,000, in 4 annual lump sum installments of $1,250, the first of which shall be made during fiscal year 1999 not later than July 1, 1999, and

      ‘(II) subparagraph (A) shall not apply in determining such individual’s primary insurance amount.

    ‘(iv) Upon receipt by the Commissioner as of December 31, 1998, of a timely election filed in accordance with clause (ii) by at least one beneficiary entitled to benefits on the basis of the wages and self-employment income of a deceased individual described in paragraph (4)(B), if such deceased individual has filed no timely election in accordance with clause (ii)--

      ‘(I) the Commissioner shall certify receipt of all such elections received as of such date to the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Secretary of the Treasury, after receipt of such certification, shall pay each beneficiary filing such a timely election, from amounts in the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund, a total amount equal to $5,000 (or, in the case of 2 or more such beneficiaries, such amount distributed evenly among such beneficiaries), in 4 equal annual lump sum installments, the first of which shall be made during fiscal year 1999 not later than July 1, 1999, and

      ‘(II) solely for purposes of determining the amount of such beneficiary’s benefits, subparagraph (A) shall be deemed not to apply in determining the deceased individual’s primary insurance amount.’.

    (b) EFFECTIVE DATE AND RELATED RULES-

      (1) APPLICABILITY OF AMENDMENTS-

        (A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in paragraph (2), the amendments made by this Act shall be effective as though they had been included or reflected in section 201 of the Social Security Amendments of 1977.

        (B) APPLICABILITY- No monthly benefit or primary insurance amount under title II of the Social Security Act shall be increased by reason of such amendments for any month before July 1999. The amendments made this section shall apply with respect to benefits payable in months in any fiscal year after fiscal year 2002 only if the corresponding decrease in adjusted discretionary spending limits for budget authority and outlays under section 3 of this Act for fiscal years prior to fiscal year 2003 is extended by Federal law to such fiscal year after fiscal year 2002.

      (2) RECOMPUTATION TO REFLECT BENEFIT INCREASES- In any case in which an individual is entitled to monthly insurance benefits under title II of the Social Security Act for June 1999, if such benefits are based on a primary insurance amount computed--

        (A) under section 215 of such Act as in effect (by reason of the Social Security Amendments of 1977) after December 1978, or

        (B) under section 215 of such Act as in effect prior to January 1979 by reason of subsection (a)(4)(B) of such section (as amended by the Social Security Amendments of 1977),

      the Commissioner of Social Security (notwithstanding section 215(f)(1) of the Social Security Act) shall recompute such primary insurance amount so as to take into account the amendments made by this Act.

SEC. 3. OFFSET THROUGH REDUCTIONS IN DISCRETIONARY SPENDING LIMITS.

    Whenever the Director of the Office of Management and Budget estimates this legislation under section 252(d)(2) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, the Director shall decrease the adjusted discretionary spending limits for budget authority and outlays for each of fiscal years 1999 through 2002 set forth in section 251(c) of such Act by the increase in direct spending estimated to result from enactment of this legislation for that fiscal year. For fiscal year 1999, the decrease shall be in the nondefense category and for all other fiscal years shall be in the discretionary category. For purposes of section 252(b) of such Act, an amount equal to that decrease in the discretionary spending limit for outlays for each such fiscal year shall be treated as direct spending legislation decreasing the deficit for that fiscal year.