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Social Security is turning 80! For 80 years Social Security has served as the essential foundation of retirement income for virtually every American family. 7 out of 10 older Americans depend on Social Security for more than half of their income and one quarter of all retirees receive ALL their income from Social Security. If not for this vital program, nearly 15 million older Americans would be living in poverty.

But instead of strengthening it, the U.S. House of Representatives has already taken an action that threatens to cut the Social Security benefits of millions of disabled Americans. Cuts to retiree benefits could be next. We must stop these efforts.

As Social Security turns 80, we must demand that members of Congress strengthen, not cut, Social Security as the foundation of retirement income on which virtually every American family relies. Sign the petition today to expand, not cut Social Security!

Social Security is the most popular and most successful social insurance program in our country’s history. For 80 years it has paid out every penny owed to every eligible American.

Despite rumors to the contrary, Social Security has a $2.8 trillion surplus, can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 19 years and approximately 80% of benefits owed after that if no action is taken. Every American should pay their fair share. This would not only extend the lifespan of the Social Security trust funds – but allow for an increase in benefits for the majority of Americans.

Click here to stand with the Pension Rights Center and our coalition partners to call on Congress to expand, not cut Social Security.

As Social Security turns 80, we should be celebrating its successes and strengthening it for the next 80 years, not cutting the foundation of America’s retirement security.

Thank you for your support. Together we are fighting for a secure retirement for all Americans.


Karen Friedman
Executive Vice President and Policy Director

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