Conyers, Sanders Lead Call For Expanding Social Security
WASHINGTON, July 12 – Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today joined with more than 70 members of Congress in calling on President Obama to expand Social Security.
The letter to the president came on the eve of a historic conference on aging, convened once every 10 years to get the entire country talking about issues relating to older Americans.
“A clear majority of Americans support expanding Social Security,” wrote Conyers, Sanders and other lawmakers. “As employers continue moving from a defined benefit model to a defined contribution model of retirement savings, it is critical that we fight to protect and expand Social Security – the only guaranteed source of income in retirement.”
“The aging conference that opens tomorrow,” wrote the lawmakers, “presents an excellent opportunity to open a discussion on expanding Social Security benefits.”
The conference, which is being hosted by the White House, runs all day tomorrow and includes discussions about healthy aging, long-term services, elder security and retirement security.
Joining Rep. Conyers and Sen. Sanders, the letter to the president was signed by 68 House member and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)