June 09, 2005

DEPUTY COMMISSIONER TO DISCUSS SOCIAL SECURITY ON CRAPOâ??S â??CAPITOL WATCHâ??

Live statewide cable call-in program airs Tuesday, June 14th

Washington, DC â?? Social Security Deputy Commissioner James Lockhart will join Idaho Senator Mike Crapo to discuss the Social Security program next week during a live statewide television call-in program. Crapoâ??s â??Capitol Watchâ?? airs the second Tuesday of each month on most cable access stations in Idaho. The program comes as Crapo and fellow members of the Senate Finance Committee are considering proposals to maintain the solvency of Social Security. â??Doing nothing means a 25% cut in Social Security benefits for recipients sometime around the year 2040,â?? Crapo noted. â??There are many proposals on the table and this forum will be a way to get information about the ideas about improving Social Security out there, including the option that we hold off on any reforms. I am very pleased Deputy Commissioner Lockhart would make himself available to answer the questions of Idahoans.â??Lockhart is both Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for Social Security. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Presidentâ??s Management Council and Secretary of the Social Security Board of Trustees. Idahoans are invited to call in and ask questions of Senator Crapo during the live telecast by calling 1-800-736-8255 (SEN-TALK). The program airs from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Mountain/6 to 6:30 p.m. Pacific on Tuesday, June 14th.â??Capitol Watchâ?? will air in the following cities over the following cable channels:Boise/Nampa/Caldwell11Coeur dâ??Alene19Idaho City37Idaho Falls/Blackfoot19Lewiston13Moscow11Pocatello22Twin Falls60 The program is sponsored by the Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association (ICTA) and local cable systems throughout Idaho. # # #