Sinema-Backed Bipartisan Bill Protects Arizonans Retirement and Addresses Future Federal Spending & National Debt

Jul 27, 2020

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Senator Mitt Romney (Utah) introduced the bipartisan TRUST Act—legislation that addresses future federal spending and the growing national debt while protecting Arizonans’ retirement and health benefits through Social Security and Medicare.
“As we take bold action to keep our communities healthy and our economy out of a depression, we must also have a plan in place to put future federal spending on a sustainable path. Our bipartisan, commonsense bill protects the retirement benefits Arizonans have earned while helping address our nation’s debt and grow America’s economic opportunities,” said Senator Sinema. 
Sinema’s TRUST Act establishes bipartisan, bicameral commissions to address the long-term solvency of major trust funds. According to a recent Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget analysis, the highway trust fund is slated to exhaust its reserves in 2021, the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund in 2024, the Social Security Disability Insurance Trust Fund in the 2020s, and the Social Security Old Age and Survivors Trust Fund in 2031. The TRUST Act creates a separate bipartisan commission for each federal trust fund program that spends more than $20 billion per year and is projected to be exhausted by 2035. Any recommendations from the commissions would receive a fast-tracked vote in Congress and would require bipartisan support to prevent harmful partisan solutions.
During her time in Congress, Sinema has been a champion for addressing our nation’s debt. Earlier this year, Sinema introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Fiscal State of the Nation Resolution requiring the Comptroller General to present the Financial Report of the United States to all members of Congress. By requiring a nonpartisan official to present a clear, unbiased assessment of America’s economic health, members of Congress will be better educated on the country’s debt and deficit and better able to make informed economic decisions.