Protecting Seniors

I believe how we treat our parents and grandparents reflects our values as a country. In Congress, I’ve stood up to Tea Party Republicans who’ve tried to dismantle and privatize Social Security and Medicare. I’m committed to protecting these benefits that folks have earned through lifetimes of hard work.

Standing up for Social Security

There are more than 130,000 Social Security beneficiaries in the 5th district. The benefits they receive, which are earned after a lifetime of hard work, can make the difference between a fulfilling retirement and a painful one. To protect these benefits, I coauthored the Social Security 2100 Act, which would cut taxes for Social Security recipients, increase benefits for current and future beneficiaries, and keep the system strong for generations to come.

I also coauthored the Social Security Fairness Act, which would repeal the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Program (WEP) so that survivors and spouses of public employees can receive the full benefits they have earned.

I know how important Social Security is for our nation’s seniors. Since taking office, I have worked tirelessly to reclaim more than $5.6 million in owed benefits to Social Security recipients.

Protecting Medicare

Every year, millions of Americans depend on  Medicare to lead healthy, dignified lives. We should strive as a nation to protect and expand this program, not destroy it. I’ve helped seniors recover over $300,000 in Medicare benefits. In Congress, I’ll continue to stand up to insurance companies that try to unfairly increase insurance premiums or drop doctors from Medicare Advantage plans. And I am a strong supporter of Medicare Part D, which has helped seniors afford life-saving medications.

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