Sens. Fischer, Warner introduce bill to increase cap on inflation bonds

U.S. Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Mark Warner (D-VA) introduced legislation this week to help Americans protect their savings from changes in inflation by increasing the public’s ability to utilize I-Bonds.

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I-Bonds, or Series I Savings Bonds, are a type of savings bond created by the U.S. Treasury Department so consumers could invest their savings in something that isn’t hurt by inflation and earn a reasonable rate of return. The bonds are backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government.

Currently, the Treasury Department caps annual purchases of I Bonds at $15,000 per person per year. The Fischer-Warner bill, the Savings Security Act, would require the Treasury Secretary to raise the annual cap to $30,000 per person when the average six-month annual Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) is above 3.5 percent.

“The American people are scrambling for ways to protect their earnings from rampant inflation. I Bonds are one option consumers should be able to leverage. Arbitrary purchasing caps on I Bonds, however, are shortchanging the public from better utilizing the program. Our bill would raise the annual purchasing cap to ensure working families can insulate a greater portion of their savings from the pain of sky-high inflation,” Fischer said.

The new purchase limit only applies to families and individuals. Businesses and trusts would not be eligible for the increased cap.

“We need to take an all-encompassing approach to help families facing high costs. In tandem with our inflation-fighting efforts, and intervention from the Federal Reserve, this legislation would allow Americans to better shield their finances from the unpredictability of inflation and offer peace of mind during difficult economic times,” Warner said.

I-Bonds can only be purchased via or through personal federal income tax returns.