Progressive Caucus Condemns Proposed Cuts to Social Security


Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chairs Reps. Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison
Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-chairs Reps. Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison

Progressive Caucus Co-Chair


Statement to President Obama:

Social Security Benefit Cuts Hurt Our Economy


April 5, 2013

Press Contacts
Adam Sarvana (Grijalva) –

(202) 225-2435

Jeremy Slevin (Ellison) –

(202) 225-4755

Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs
Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the
following statement today responding to reports that President Obama will
include chained CPI in his annual budget.

“Republicans have been trying to dismantle Social Security ever since
President Roosevelt proposed it during the Great Depression. We should
not try to bargain for their good will with policies that hurt our
seniors, especially since they’ve been unwilling to reduce tax loopholes
for millionaires and wealthy corporations by so much as a dime.

“One hundred seven Members of the House of Representatives, a majority of
the Democratic Caucus, have already stated our vigorous opposition to
cutting Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid benefits. Americans all
over the country depend on every single dollar they get from Social
Security to put food on the table and pay for housing. Using chained CPI
will shift more costs onto already struggling American families, seniors,
veterans – including our 3.2 million disabled veterans who also depend on
the Social Security calculation for their Veterans Affairs benefits –
individuals with disabilities, and children on survivors’ benefits.“This
week, a new study from the New America Foundation finds that proposals to
cut Social Security benefits could be disastrous for our economy because
the recession has led more seniors to rely to Social Security for income.
Cutting benefits now, when people are already struggling to make ends
meet, will mean unnecessary hardship for millions of people. It is
unpopular, unwise and unworkable.”

One thought on “Progressive Caucus Condemns Proposed Cuts to Social Security”

  1. ALEC is still operating in this country and should be prosecuted. Obama’s cat food commission has made recomendations to cut all programs for the poor and give to the rich.Wall street was bailed out with tax dollars and their greed has not helped the country get back on its feet. Wars are non-stop. Foreign aid increases.We are all sick from pollution.Insurance poor.Morally bankrupt. Its not the US anymore, Its ME ! The progressive Caucus has to be supported.

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