J.J. Pickle, former Congressman, tax writer and an ardent reformer of Social Security, died last week here at the age of 91. While serving as chair of the Ways and Means Committee Social Security Subcommittee, Pickle was a key figure in Social Security legislation to keep the system from becoming insolvent and was, according to reports, responsible for the provision that gradually raised the age of eligibility for benefits from 65 to 67. Pickle also served as chair of the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, where he promoted research incentives and investigated a host of tax issues. He retired from Congress 10 years ago, after serving more than three decades.
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