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August 3, 1964

WASHINGTON NEWS

JAMA. 1964;189(5):17-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070050063042

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Abstract

Social Security Amendments to House.—  The House Rules Committee cleared for expected quick House approval the $1 billion, 5% increase in Social Security cash benefits approved by the House Ways and Means Committee.The bill came before the House under a "closed rule" meaning that no amendments could be offered. This is traditional with legislation out of the Ways and Means Committee. Five hours of debate were slated. It appeared certain the bill would pass the House before August.In approving the bill, the Ways and Means panel rejected the Administration's King-Anderson bill calling for a Federal program of limited hospital-medical benefits. The measure provides increases in Social Security cash benefits and other changes, including placing physicians under Social Security for the first time.Under the legislation, the Social Security tax would be increased, starting next year, to 3.8% for both employers and employees on the first $5,400 of employee

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