WASHINGTON, July 12 –Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today joined with more than 70 members of Congress in calling on President Obama to expand Social Security.
The letter to the president came on the eve of a historic conference on aging, convened once every 10 years to get the entire country talking about issues relating to older Americans.
|Dean of the U.S. House|
John Conyers, Jr.
“A clear majority of Americans support expanding Social Security,” wrote Conyers, Sanders and other lawmakers. “As emplotinue moving from a defined benefit model to a defined contribution model of retirement savings, it is critical that we fight to protect and expand Social Security – the only guaranteed source of income in retirement.”
“The aging conference that oprrow,” wrote the lawmakers, “presents an excellent opportunity to open a discussion on expanding Social Security benefits.”
The conference, which is being hosted by the White House, runs all day tomorrow and includes discussions about healthy aging, long-term services, elder security and retirement security.
Joining Rep. Conyers and Sen. Sanders, the letter to the president was signed by 68 House members and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)