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June 01, 2016

President Obama Proposes Expanding Earned Social Security Benefits

Congress Should Act to Help Seniors

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, released the following statement regarding President Obama’s proposal today to expand Social Security:

“The Alliance for Retired Americans welcomes President Obama’s statement in favor of expanding earned Social Security benefits.

“At a high school in Elkhart, Indiana today the President said ‘…it’s time we finally made Social Security more generous and increased its benefits so today’s retirees and future generations get the dignified retirement that they have earned.’

“The Alliance advocated the expansion of Social Security benefits for years and we are pleased that the President agrees with us. Forty percent of Americans over the age of 50 say that Social Security will be their primary source of retirement income, and the current level of benefits are not keeping pace. It’s time for Congress to pass one of the many bills that has already been introduced to make a more secure retirement for current and future retirees.”

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5 thoughts on “President Obama Proposes Expanding Earned Social Security Benefits”

  1. Expansion is fine, but I first want to make certain that the trust funds for the current benefit levels for SS and Medicare are not exhausted. Just accomplishing that is a huge political problem. Changing the COLA formula to accuratelu reflect inflation for seniors would be next. Adding expansion, i.e., increased benefits for people who have not contributed for those increased benefits, would make it impossible to accomplish.

  2. My husband died recently of Alzheimers and his income died too. I am 91 years old and I live at the poverty level now that he’s gone. We were married for about 65 years. I am so grateful to hear that you might raise the amount of Ssec. My grocery bill is much higher now and I hope that the remainder of funds from the sale of my home will help me to survive. I can’t thank you enough for your help. from your sincere friend, P Root

  3. Pushing the moribund Senators to vote on S 2251 would be a plus here. It’s been languishing in committee since November. No Republican has endorsed it and only 22 Democratic Senators support the one-time proposed payment of $581 payable by a rescinding of CEO over-the-top “performance bonus” payments. This will be a hard nut to crack, indeed.

    Hope springs eternally.

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