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Larson Praises Senate Democrats’ Social Security COVID-19 Relief Proposal

March 21, 2020
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), praised the proposal from Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-0R), and Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) to give an extra $200 a month to Social Security beneficiaries.

“I am proud to see that Democratic Senate leadership is aggressively pursuing efforts to expand Social Security with Leader Schumer, Ranking Member Wyden, and Senator Warren’s proposal to expand Social Security benefits to help the most vulnerable weather this crisis. I have worked with many members of the House and Senate to help secure Social Security as a bedrock program of our nation. The common goal has been to ensure that this program, which has never let us down and has never missed a payment, is here for us during times exactly like the one we face today! Social Security benefits those most in need at this critical time: seniors, people with disabilities, and minority communities. Expanding Social Security has the added benefit of stimulating the economy.

“The Social Security 2100 Act expands benefits and would make the program solvent for the next 75+ years. The Senate proposal is aligned with these expanded benefits and the emergency Social Security benefit expansion plan that we’ve introduced in the House. It will be important to follow the Senate package with a long-term plan, like the Social Security 2100 Act, to ensure that Social Security is here into the 22nd century. It’s been an honor to serve as a co-chair of the Expand Social Security Caucus alongside Senators Warren and Sanders and I look forward to working with the Senate and Ways and Means Chairman Neal on expanding Social Security. Together we will come up with the best solution to help the American people.”

Larson introduced The Emergency Social Security Benefits Improvement Act. This bill will build on the benefit expansions made in the Social Security 2100 Act (H.R. 860) to provide economic relief to those who need it most during the Coronavirus pandemic: the elderly, minority populations, and people with disabilities.