The Republican bill follows the introduction of a resolution from House Democrats that says it is the sense of the House that Social Security benefits should not be reduced.

Both bills are a reaction to comments from President Obama that reducing benefit payments under Social Security could be part of a broad compromise on a debt-ceiling agreement. These comments were roundly rejected by both Republicans and Democrats, and since then, efforts to reach a "grand bargain" that includes spending cuts and significant tax increases have stalled.

Aside from Posey, other Republicans on the bill are Reps. Blake FarentholdRandolph (Blake) Blake FarentholdOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand GOP lawmakers: Obama admin ‘hastily’ wrote lead ammunition ban MORE (Texas), Morgan GriffithHoward (Morgan) Morgan GriffithTrust the people and the states on cannabis Ryan sets record for closing down debate in House: report It's time to eliminate the secretive Pharmacy Benefit Manager pricing practices MORE (Va.), Bob Latta (Ohio), Jeff Miller (Fla.), Austin Scott (Ga.) and Daniel Webster (Fla.).