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S. 2721 (114th): Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2016

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About the bill

Approximately 43.5 million Americans are unpaid caregivers, usually for an elderly family member or a child. The estimated monetary value of those services is about $470 billion and rising, as the share of adults age 65 and older is expected to increase (from 15 percent of the U.S. population to 24 percent by 2060). At the same time, the share expected to live in nursing homes or similar facilities is expected to decline — meaning a rise in unpaid family caregivers.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has proposed creating a $6,000 tax credit for caregivers and expanding caregivers’ Social Security benefits. The congressional bill that comes closest to Clinton’s proposal is H.R. 3377 and S. 2721, the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act.

What it does …

Sponsor and status

Christopher Murphy

Sponsor. Senator for Connecticut. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 17, 2016
Length: 9 pages
Mar 17, 2016
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 17, 2016, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


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Mar 17, 2016

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S. 2721 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 2721. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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