DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable John B. Larson
Sent By:
scott.stephanou@mail.house.gov

Date: 12/21/2016

Expand Social Security Benefits, Cut Taxes for Seniors
Keep the System Solvent for Generations to Come

Endorsed by
Social Security Works
;
The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

114th Congress Cosponsors (105): Joseph Crowley, Danny Davis, John Lewis, Jim McDermott, Richard Neal, Bill Pascrell, Charles Rangel, Linda Sanchez, Mike Thompson, Chris Van Hollen, Alma Adams, Pete Aguilar, Brad Ashford, Joyce Beatty, Donald
Beyer, Brendan Boyle, Corrine Brown, Robert Brady, Suzanne Bonamici, G.K. Butterfield, Lois Capps, Michael Capuano, Tony Cardenas, Matt Cartwright, Kathy Castor, Judy Chu, David Cicilline, Katherine Clark, Yvette Clarke, William Lacy Clay, Steve Cohen, John
Conyers, Joe Courtney, Elijah Cummings, Peter DeFazio, Rosa DeLauro, Mark DeSaulnier, Mike Doyle, Donna Edwards, Keith Ellison, Anna Eshoo, Elizabeth Esty, Sam Farr, Chaka Fattah, Marcia Fudge, Tulsi Gabbard, Ruben Gallego, Alan Grayson, Raul Grijalva, Luis
Gutierrez, Janice Hahn, Alcee Hastings, Brian Higgins, Mike Honda, Jared Huffman, Steve Israel, Hakeem Jeffries, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Marcy Kaptur, William Keating, Robin Kelly, Joe Kennedy, Derek Kilmer, James Langevin, Brenda Lawrence, Barbara Lee, Ted
Lieu, Zoe Lofgren, Alan Lowenthal, Doris Matsui, Betty McCollum, James McGovern, Jerry McNerney, Gregory Meeks, Grace Meng, Gwen, Moore, Seth Moulton, Jerrold Nadler, Grace Napolitano, Rick Nolan, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Donald Payne Jr, Chellie Pingree, Mark
Pocan, Ed Perlmutter, Cedric Richmond, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Tim Ryan, Jan Schakowsky, Bobby Scott, Jose Serrano, Albio Sires, Louise Slaughter, Jackie Speier, Mark Takai, Bennie Thompson, Dina Titus, Paul Tonko, Juan Vargas, Marc Veasey, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz,
Maxine Waters, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Frederica Wilson, and John Yarmuth

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in becoming an original cosponsor of the Social Security 2100 Act in the 115th Congress.  This legislation expands upon the incredible benefits that Americans have earned through Social Security, cuts taxes for millions of seniors, and ensures
the system remains solvent through the end of the century.

Social Security is not an entitlement – it is insurance that Americans have paid into in order to fund retirement, disability, and survivor benefits earned through a lifetime of work.  It is the most dependable leg of the retirement stool and it is our most
effective anti-poverty program.  At a time when Americans are feeling less secure about retirement, we ought to shore up and enhance the one program that can be counted on no matter what.  The Social Security 2100 Act would improve benefits with a modest across
the board benefit increase, a more accurate cost of living formula (CPI-E), a new special minimum benefit, and a tax cut for over 10 million beneficiaries.  Additionally, it is fully paid for and is estimated by the independent analysis of the Social Security
Administration’s Chief Actuary to keep the system solvent beyond the next 75 years.  It achieves this by requiring those with wages above $400,000 to pay Social Security taxes just like everyone else and by asking workers on average to contribute the equivalent
of just an additional 50 cents per week each year.

Social Security is on solid footing for the next two decades and there are common sense measures we can take to keep the system solvent for the remainder of the century. Now is the time to create thoughtful, forward-thinking policy instead of the all-too-common
practice of waiting for an emergency.  It is our responsibility to make the system last and to make sure that benefits keep up with the needs of today.  Since its inception, Social Security has never missed a payment or contributed a dime to the deficit and
we can ensure that Americans can continue to count on this bedrock insurance program for generations to come.

If you have any questions or would like to add your name as a cosponsor please contact Scott Stephanou on my staff at
scott.stephanou@mail.house.gov or 5-2265.

Sincerely,

John B. Larson
MEMBER OF CONGRESS