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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson, Neal Statements on Senator Rubio’s Paid Family Leave Proposal that Weakens Social Security

February 7, 2018
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman John B. Larson (CT-01), Ranking Member on the Ways and Means Committee Social Security Subcommittee, and Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Richard Neal (MA-01) released the following statements in response to reports of a framework being developed in the Senate that would force families to accept cuts to their Social Security benefits in exchange for receiving paid leave to care for a new child or a sick family member:
“As the Ranking Democrat on the Social Security Subcommittee, I oppose any measure that reduces Social Security benefits – benefits which need to be increased, not decreased. On its face, it doesn’t make sense. We need to continue to sit down and find solutions for working families. I applaud Rosa DeLauro and fully support her bill, the FAMILY Act, and the efforts made by Ivanka Trump, as it is our goal to bring the these efforts together to work on solutions that will help working families," said Larson.
“Yet again, Republicans are presenting the American people with a false choice: choose between a secure start for their families or a secure retirement. Economic security at all stages of life is fundamental to the American dream, yet the United States is one of just a small handful of countries that doesn’t have a national paid family leave law. Instead of expanding opportunity for families, Republicans are proposing a cut in Social Security benefits for Americans with new babies,” said Neal
As Ranking Member of the Social Security Subcommittee, Larson has introduced a bill, the Social Security 2100 Act (H.R. 1902), that would strengthen and expand Social Security for generations to come. More information about the legislation is available here.