Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Pelosi Statement on 80th Anniversary of Social Security

Aug 14, 2015
Press Release

Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616

San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement, marking the 80th anniversary of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s signing of the Social Security Act:

“For 80 years, Social Security has guaranteed the future of all hard-working Americans – in old age, in disability, in surviving the loss of a loved one.  It is the essential promise that in our great country, a future of security and dignity will be there for every family.  It is a sacred guarantee that has protected the retirements and the independence of millions and millions of Americans through the decades.

“Social Security represents not only security for our seniors, but opportunity for every generation.  When Americans have confidence that Social Security is there for their parents, their grandparents and themselves, they are more free to pursue their own happiness and lay the foundations of their own family.  Young and old, our whole country is strengthened by Social Security.

“As we mark this landmark anniversary, we know Social Security faces new challenges.   We can and must keep the promise of Social Security for future generations and push back against attempts to cut it.  In particular, Congress must move swiftly to reallocated the needed financing to the Disability Insurance Trust Fund. Ten years ago, we witnessed a radical effort to privatize Social Security, and we continue to see Republican attempts to erode it.  But today, House Democrats rededicate ourselves to strengthening and preserving this sacred bond – for seniors, for survivors, for people with disabilities and all hard-working families.  We renew our vow to protect Social Security for every generation.”

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