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July 13, 1964

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1964;189(2):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070020111053

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Abstract

Ways and Means Drops K-A.—  The House Ways and Means Committee decided to take no action on the administration's controversial King-Anderson bill. The panel voted a 5% increase in Social Security cash pension benefits.The Committee had been considering proposed changes in the Social Security system for weeks. It took no action on any proposals involving health care for the aging.Supporters of the King-Anderson legislation said they hoped the Senate would add the plan to the Committee-approved bill after it clears the House.Rep Cecil King (D, Calif), a Committee member and a sponsor of the King-Anderson bill, introduced the successful motion to have the Committee set King-Anderson aside. He conceded the bill did not have enough votes to pass in Committee. "I don't want ever to have an adverse vote," he told reporters.President Johnson has made King-Anderson a high priority item on the administration's legislative program. He

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