On September 13th, 2018, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), alongside Representatives John Larson (D-CT), and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) joined seniors and activists for a press conference introducing the new Expand Social Security Caucus.
The Expand Social Security Caucus is bicameral, chaired by Sanders and Warren in the Senate and by Larson, Dingell, Terri A. Sewell (D-AL), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) in the House.
Currently, the caucus has over 150 members, including 18 Senators. It will provide the leadership to ensure that expanding Social Security is a key part of the Democratic agenda next year and beyond. Over a dozen bills have already been introduced in the Senate and House to expand Social Security.
“We are here today to say very loudly and very clearly that at a time when millions of seniors are trying to survive on $12,000 or $13,000 a year, our job is not to cut Social Security. Our job is to expand Social Security so that everyone in America can retire with dignity and respect.” – Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
“Social Security is a lifeline for seniors and Americans with disabilities. We won’t let it be cut by one cent – and instead we will fight to expand it,” Warren said. “The rich and powerful have rigged our economy to make themselves richer, while working families face a massive retirement crisis. If this government really works for the people, it should protect and expand Social Security.” – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
“Social Security is not an entitlement. It’s the insurance that American workers have paid for. The members of this caucus will always fight for Social Security and the workers who have earned their benefits.” – Rep. John Larson (D-CT)
“Every American has a right to a safe and secure retirement. Period.” – Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
“We have members in the caucus from all corners of the country, from all parts of the Democratic Party. We’re waiting on some Republicans who might join, but they’ll be welcome when they realize that the American people are united in calling for an expansion of Social Security.” – Alex Lawson, Executive Director, Social Security Works