1972 - COLAs

Nixon in light blue suit with arms folded

President Nixon shown relaxing at the "western White House," his estate in San Clemente, California-- July 9, 1972. It was during this vacation that he signed, on July 1st, the bill P.L. 92-336 which authorized a 20% cost-of-living allowance effective 9/72, and which established the procedures for issuing automatic COLAs each year, beginning in 1975.