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Larson: Social Security Expansion is Needed to Help the Most Vulnerable

May 4, 2020
Press Release

Hartford, CT – House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) called for an emergency expansion of Social Security to help address the current economic crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Social Security is our nation’s number one anti-poverty program and the number one lifeline for seniors. Seniors are the most vulnerable to this virus, and among them hits minorities disproportionally. This demands a 80+ years proven remedy embraced by Democratic and Republican Presidents: expanding Social Security! During a crisis Americans want certainty and clarity. Social Security provides that certainty, it has never missed payment. President Trump needs to channel what Presidents Reagan and Eisenhower understood. They recognized that it was essential to health of the nation to strengthen Social Security and took action. We must do the same today. A payroll tax cut may seem appealing but would actually weaken Social Security and greatly benefit corporations, while hurting those who need its benefits the most. We must act now and pass an emergency plan to expand Social Security and the needed relief it provides,” said Larson.

Larson is the author of 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.