The Senate has passed legislation that would cut back or eliminate auxiliary or survivor benefits in the future for federal or public retirees applying for a portion of their spouses social security entitlement. The House has also passed a social security financing bill. But it does not include the "offset" language.
It will be up to a Senate-House conference committee to come up with a compromise that must then be resubmitted to the Senate and House and signed by the President before it be-asked who they can write to help incomes law. Many federal retirees have fluence the conference committee's final action. The Senate members have been named and are listed below.
Senate conferees are: Chairman Russell B. Long (D-La.); Abraham A. Ribicoff (D-Conn.), Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.); Floyd K. Haskell (D-Colo.); Daniel P. Moynihan (D-N.Y.); Carl T. Curtis (R-Neb.); William V. Roth (R-Del.) and Paul Laxalt (R-Nev.).
House conferees have not been named yet. When they are, the House leadership will pick them from Ways and Means Committee, which controls social security legislation in the House. Bear in mind that the House-passed bill does not contain the "offset" provision.
Committee Chairman Al Ullman (D-Ore.) will certainly be one of the conferees. So, probably, will be James A. Burke (D-Mass.) and Charles Vanik (D-Ohio). Republicans named to the House conference team will probably include Reps. Barber B. Cozable Jr., (N.Y.); John Y. Duncan (Tenn.) and Bill Archer (Tex.). There will be others. Rep. Joseph Fisher (D-Va.) is a member of the Ways and Means Committee. But he isn't expected to be named to the conference committee although he will certainly be urging colleagues to vote to kill or delay the offset language.