Social Security

I believe that Social Security is a binding promise between government and its citizens, and I oppose any effort to reduce benefits

Social Security benefits are modest, averaging roughly $16,000 a year, but for millions of Americans, Social Security is not just a cushion, it is the single lifeline keeping them out of poverty.  Particularly for low-wage and manual laborers who may be in poorer physical health, Social Security retirement benefits do not come a moment too soon. 

This is why I have cosponsored H.R. 860, the Society Security 2100 Act, which is legislation that would build on and improve our current Social Security system, keeping it solvent through this century.  This bill would increase benefits for Social Security beneficiaries and cut taxes for millions of seniors.  Among other things, the bill would also improve the annual cost-of-living formula, apply payroll taxes to certain high-income workers, and gradually increase the contribution rate to ensure that Social Security remains stable for years to come

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December 19, 2012 Press Release

December 19, 2012

I stand with my fellow CPC members in strongly opposing any move toward chained CPI that would greatly reduce the long-term benefits of every single Social Security recipient and their families. These are our family members, our friends and neighbors who worked hard, played by the rules, and paid their fair share.  Now the government must uphold its end of the deal and protect their Social Security benefits.   

March 16, 2011 Press Release
Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently signed onto a letter, co-signed by 124 other Members, urging Speaker John Boehner to move away from cuts to Social Security written into the Republican Continuing Resolution, H.R. 1.