But other people are worried about the political pressure Congress is under either to find short-term help for the ailing social security system, or vote an unpopular tax increase to pay the freight.
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The Heouse Ways and Means Committee will take up on Monday the controversial proposal to merge the civil service retirement system with social security. It is part of a major package dealing with future financing of the giant social security system.
Earlier, the subcommittee handling the financing legislation passed the pension merger proposal along to the full Committee without public comment or recommendations. It did that because of the complex nature of the proposal, and the protests received from federal and postal workers and their unions.
Talk of merging the two systems has frightened many government workers - and retirees. They fear that present or future benefits would be diluted for their staff retirement program, which is one of the best in the world.
Federal retirees get much better benefits than do persons retiring under social security because they contribute more, pay taxes on their annuities and because their program is a staff retirement plan, not a national minimum social insurance system.
Legislators who want to merge the two systems systems say it would eliminate double-dipping by federal workers who get benefits from their retirement system and then collect social security benefits by working a minimum number of years under social security.
Generally, federal workers can retire earlier than private industry employees. Many Private pension systems don't provide benefits until age 62, whereas government workers with long service can retire earlier than that and get immediate annuities.
Federal workers argue that they pay for what they get, and that benefits under social security could be raised for all if Congress and the tax-payers would agree to the same financial arrangement the government has for its workers. The federal employee pension fund is financed by a contribution of 7 pr cent of a worker's salary - a sum matched by the government for a total equal to 14 per cent of the salary. The eventual annuity is fully taxed after the first 12 to 18 months of retirement.
Persons under social security now pay less than 6 per cent, and only on the first $16,500 of salary. Both the rate and the amount of income covered will go up next year to finance higher benefits Congress has voted over the years.
Members of Congress who back the pension merger are furious over the publicity about he plan. They contend that it has unnecessarily frightened and stirred up federal employees and retirees. But they are short on answers as to how the plan would work, and how nenefits earned or promised federal workers would be maintained.
The House Post Office-Civil Service Committee is angry with Ways and Means for treading on the civil service retirement plan, which the PO-CS unit considers its turf.
Insiders say it will be a long time before Congress does anything to merge the civil service and social security systems. It is too complicated and controversial, they say, for any sort of quick compromise to be worked out.