Larson Named Chairman of Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) was named the Chairman on the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee. Larson released the following statement upon the announcement:
“I am honored to be selected the Social Security Subcommittee Chairman. Millions of Americans rely on Social Security as either the sole source of retirement income or as the foundation of economic security for retirees, severely disabled workers, and families who have lost a loved one. The committee is charged with a unique focus, a mission of making sure the nation’s most successful insurance program is sustainably solvent for future generations and is meeting the needs of an aging population. Ten thousand baby boomers a day become eligible for Social Security, and the last time the program was addressed in a significant manner, Tip O’Neill was Speaker and Ronald Reagan was President.
“We will put forward an aggressive hearing process with expert witnesses to ensure these goals are met. I look forward to working with ranking member Tom Reed on a bipartisan basis to achieve the Committee goals of strengthening and expanding the benefits that the nation’s insurance plan provides.”
Larson will introduce the Social Security 2100 Act on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthday, January 30th. More information on the bill can be found here.
Larson is also a co-founder of the bicameral Expand Social Security Caucus. Other co-chairs are Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Reps. Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) Conor Lamb (D-PA), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ).