The Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair calls for the adoption of legislation to strengthen and expand social security
The Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair calls for the adoption of legislation to strengthen and expand social security

The Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair calls for the adoption of legislation to strengthen and expand social security

Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Representative Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) called on House leadership to promote legislation that would strengthen social security and increase benefits. In a new letter to Speaker Pelosi, CPC Chairman advocates that HR5723, Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust be promptly brought to the floor for review in the House of Representatives.

That bill makes a number of urgently needed improvements to the program, including increased pension, invalidity and dependency benefits; protection against inflation; removal of sanctions against dual-income households; completion of a five-month waiting period for disability benefits; repeal of provisions that reduce the benefits for civil servants, including teachers; provide nursing staff credits; and extend the benefits to students. The legislation also protects the program to ensure that it can continue to support Americans well into the future by establishing a Social Security Trust Fund and extending its solvency.

Crucially, writes rep. Jayapal, these improvements are “paid for by getting millionaires and billionaires to pay the same rate as everyone else by making sure the payroll tax is applied to salaries over $ 400,000.”

“Since the advent of social security,” she writes, “Democrats have worked steadfastly for nearly a century to build on the landmark achievement and create a more just society that guarantees a life of dignity to our seniors. Social Security 2100 : A Sacred Trust maintains this tradition. “

Progressive Caucus has long advocated for the protection and expansion of social security, including mentioning it as a priority in the CPC’s “People’s Budget” for more than one decade, which advocates the essential role that social security plays in promoting both economic justice and disability justice. As President Jayapal emphasized in the letter: “The prompt adoption of the House of Representatives by this bill will demonstrate the commitment of Democrats to advance the legacy of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and strengthen the most important anti-poverty program in U.S. history.”

The whole letter can be seen here.

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