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    Tell the Democrats to include student debt policies in their "A Better Deal" for America agenda.

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    Tell the Democrats to include student debt policies in their "A Better Deal" for America agenda.

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    Student Debt Crisis

      

     Use this simple tool. Tell Betsy DeVos to Fire Navient! 

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    Tell the Department of Education to Fire Navient!

    Petition by StudentDebtCrisis.org

    To be delivered to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

    We demand that the Department of Education fire Navient and review all contracts with student loan companies that do business with the federal government. The Department must take serious efforts to keep “bad actors” accountable for scamming students in order to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse. Further, lucrative loan servicing contracts should only be given to companies that hold the interests of student loan borrowers first.

    Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education must take immediate action! 

    PETITION BACKGROUND

    Mounting evidence shows that Navient has been ripping off federal student loan borrowers for many years. Yet, the Department of Education continues to reward companies like Navient with servicing contracts worth hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ dollars. Simply put, these corporations get richer as student loan borrowers suffer. 

    Recently, Navient publicly stated, “There is no expectation that the servicer will act in the interest of the consumer.” The company has proven time and time again that it is more concerned about their bottom line than helping Americans manage their debt. In their pursuit of profits, Navient has illegally harmed millions of student loan borrowers. To-date the company has been charged with:

    • Harming servicemembers including ruining their credit scores due to clerical errors.
    • Steering borrowers away from lower monthly payments by directing them toward forbearance instead of federal loan repayment options. 
    • Miscommunication and failure to communicate vital deadlines that impact borrower's bottom line.
    • Misapplied payments that lead to late charges and more fees incurred to student loan borrowers. 

    Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos needs to hear from as many Americans as possible that it is unacceptable for the Department of Education to be in business with a company that takes unfair advantage of taxpayers, students, members of the military, as well as minority and low-income borrowers.

    Tell Secretary Betsy DeVos to fire Navient! 

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    Student Debt Crisis

      

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    Support 'College For All'

    With more than $1.4 trillion in student debt holding back Americans of all ages and backgrounds, the time has come for a change. Instead of cutting Pell Grants, unleashing debt collectors, dismantling public education, and forcing faculty to rely on public assistance, it’s time for a plan that offers students, faculty, borrowers, and families the support they need.

    We’re ready for the College For All Act to give students—past, present, and future—an equitable path to a college degree, a debt-free future, and return higher education to the public.

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    Use the simple tool below to send an email directly to your senators and members of Congress.

  • Sign the Petition: Stop the Republican Attack on Social Security

    With only days remaining in the current session of Congress, Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Social Security subcommittee, introduced a bill that would destroy Social Security’s promise to U.S. families.

    The “Social Security Reform Act” is a greatest hits compilation of Social Security cuts. It raises the retirement age, makes yearly COLAs smaller, cuts Social Security benefits for children and spouses of disabled and retired workers, and eliminates the taxes millionaires and billionaires pay on their Social Security benefits.

    Virtually every single provision contained in Johnson’s plan amounts to a dramatic cut in Social Security benefits.

    Sign the petition today opposing Republicans’ dangerous “Social Security Reform Act” to destroy our earned benefits.

    To: Congress

  • Take the Pledge: Save Medicare from Paul Ryan

    Last week, Republican Senators Susan Collins, Orrin Hatch, Lamar Alexander and John McCain all voiced skepticism about Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s plan to destroy Medicare.

    In order to block Paul Ryan’s and Mitch McConnell’s extreme plan to ram through devastating cuts to Medicare in Trump’s first 100 days, we must stand united.

    We will need at least four Republican Senators to break with their Party. And it won’t be easy.

    Join Social Security Works in demanding that all members of Congress pledge to oppose cuts to Medicare and Social Security.

    To: All Members of Congress

  • No One Voted to Destroy Medicare

    President-elect Donald Trump just announced his plans to appoint a Medicare privatizer as Secretary of Health and Human Services--a position that oversees a $1 trillion budget, including Medicare and Medicaid, which affect over 100 million Americans.

    Trump’s selection, House Budget Committee Chairman, Rep. Tom Price, is a longtime ally of Paul Ryan in their crusade to destroy Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. And they plan to move quickly in 2017 to make their vision of destroying Medicare a reality.

    Stand with Social Security Works and Senator Bernie Sanders in telling Congress “No one voted to destroy Medicare!”

  • I Stand In Solidarity with Standing Rock

    Send a letter to President Obama and tell him to Stop Construction on the Pipeline!

    Thanksgiving is a day when many of us will be spending time with our families and giving thanks for what we have. While it is celebrated in the US as a national holiday, we must also remember its painful history for Native American communities. This painful history continues until today, and we stand in solidarity with the indigenous people who are resisting the ongoing colonization of their land.

    On Sunday night, Water Protectors were met with water hoses in freezing temperatures, shot with rubber bullets, and sprayed with pepper spray.

    President Obama has the power to permanently stop construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline and respect the sovereignty of Native Americans. After you send the email, call the number displayed on the screen and leave a phone message for President Obama.

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  • Save Medicare!

    Right now, Republicans in Washington are preparing to destroy Medicare by handing it over to the greedy insurance industry in return for campaign donations and lobbyist cash. Medicare is a fundamental tool of economic security -- a guarantee that seniors will not be denied health care because they can’t afford it. Paul Ryan and his fellow Republicans want to end that guarantee.

    The American people are united. Medicare is overwhelmingly popular across the political spectrum, and we won’t stand for attempts to destroy it. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to not touch Medicare and Social Security.

    To: President-elect Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

  • Save Medicare!

    Right now, Republicans in Washington are preparing to destroy Medicare by handing it over to the greedy insurance industry in return for campaign donations and lobbyist cash. Medicare is a fundamental tool of economic security -- a guarantee that seniors will not be denied health care because they can’t afford it. Paul Ryan and his fellow Republicans want to end that guarantee.

    The American people are united. Medicare is overwhelmingly popular across the political spectrum, and we won’t stand for attempts to destroy it. Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump pledged to not touch Medicare and Social Security.

    To: President-elect Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

  • Drug Prices are Too High

     The American people are sick and tired of skyrocketing drug prices. 

  • Is Trump planning to privatize Social Security?

    One week after being elected President, Donald Trump is backtracking on a key campaign promise. Instead of protecting Social Security and Medicare, he now appears open to a grand privatization scheme being promoted by none other than House Speaker Paul Ryan.

    We must stand together to defeat the Trump-Ryan plan to privatize Social Security and Medicare. Sign the petition opposing a dismantling of our earned benefits. Instead of cutting Social Security and Medicare, we should be expanding benefits for millions of Americans.

    To: President-Elect Donald Trump

  • Social Security & Medicare are in Grave Danger

    This is the most precarious time in the history of Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. A unified Republican Congress, led by Speaker Paul Ryan, has the will and the power to dismantle these vital building blocks of economic security. The only thing standing in their way is the will of the American people. 

    To President-elect Donald Trump:

  • Stop Pharma’s Lame Duck Sneak Attack

    Republican Leadership is attempting to sneak through a massive giveaway inside a new law – the 21st Century Cures Act – during the lame duck session of Congress. If passed, this bill would limit our access to new drugs and would be a taxpayer funded give away to the drug corporations of $12 billion dollars.

    Stand with Social Security Works and demand that Congress stand with the American people, not the pharmaceutical corporations. Sign the petition today!

    To: All Members of Congress

  • Americans want to make long-term care services and supports available and affordable

    We have a long-term care crisis that needs to be addressed by making long-term services and supports available and affordable in every community. We can't afford for members of Congress to put older adults and people with disabilities at risk of going without needed home and nursing home care.  

  • Americans want to rein in drug prices

    We have a prescription drug crisis that needs to be addressed by reining in drug prices. We can't afford for members of Congress to allow drug companies to set prices for medically necessary drugs and put people at risk of going without needed medications.

  • Don't Touch My Medicare

    Congressman Paul Ryan is planning to gut Medicare and make health care unaffordable for people with costly conditions. He wants to leave it to private insurers to decide which doctors and hospitals you can use and how much to charge you.

    No one voted for this - Donald Trump campaigned on a promise not to touch Medicare, and he needs to keep it. Demand that Trump and Congress oppose any plan that removes your choice of traditional Medicare or drives up your health care costs further.

  • AARP’s Social Security Scare Tactics

    AARP – the nation’s largest senior organization – has dug into the Republican playbook on Social Security. Their new TV ad is threatening that “Social Security recipients could lose up to $10,000 a year” and their support of House Speaker Paul Ryan – the poster boy for privatizing Social Security – shows that they are out of step with their own members.

    Stand with Social Security Works and demand that AARP rescind their “Champion of the 50+” award, presented to Paul Ryan this past summer, and stop using Republican scare tactics that undermine our progress on Social Security.

    To: AARP

  • We need a real Social Security benefit increase!
    Next year's cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security will be a meager 0.3 percent — $5 per month.

    That $5 will not cover the cost of prescription drugs, which rose by 10 percent in the past year. Nor will it cover the rising costs of other out-of-pocket expenses like food, clothing, and utilities.

    In fact, for all Social Security beneficiaries who receive Medicare, next year's COLA is likely to go entirely towards rising premiums. So it is effectively zero — just like last year.

    Yet many DC politicians, like Rep. Paul Ryan, still think a $5 per month COLA is too generous! Join us in telling Congress that now is the time to expand Social Security to reflect the rising expenses beneficiaries face — NOT cut it.

    To: Congress

  • America Wants to Expand Social Security

     We have a retirement income crisis that needs to be addressed by expanding our Social Security system. We can’t afford for members of Congress to continue to manufacture crises with the goal of ramming through unpopular cuts.

    To: Members of Congress

  • Fight for Social Security

    Since its creation in 1935, Social Security has provided millions of seniors with a foundation of economic security. And at a time when Social Security is an increasingly critical source of support for so many we must ensure that our nation is doing everything possible to help seniors, Americans with disabilities, and their families.

    Stand with Social Security Champion U.S. Senator Patty Murray and Social Security Works in telling the U.S. Senate to protect and expand Social Security.

    To: All U.S. Senators

  • Stand up – Protect and Expand Social Security

    Stand with Social Security Champion Ted Strickland and Social Security Works in telling the U.S. Senate to protect and expand Social Security.

    Right now, many seniors who have worked hard their entire life are struggling to make ends meet. The threat of falling home values and 401(k) packages means retirement security is a struggle for more and more Americans. Social Security is a life-saving promise we’ve made to our seniors.

    We need to protect Social Security from Republicans and their millionaire and billionaire Wall Street friends who would transform it into something less and break the promise we’ve made to our seniors.

    Stand with Ted Strickland and Social Security Works in demanding the U.S. Senate work to expand, not cut Social Security.

    To: All U.S. Senators

  • Stand with Social Security Champion Patty Judge and tell the U.S. Senate: Expand, don’t cut, Social Security!

    For 81 years, this country has made a commitment to seniors. If you work hard all your life, if you pay into the system, Social Security will be there for you when you retire.

    With so many Americans struggling to save for retirement, it is absolutely crazy that some senators are considering cutting Social Security’s modest annual benefits.

    Social Security is the most successful program in American history. Each year, 60,000,000 people receive Social Security benefits including retirees, veterans, people with disabilities, children and surviving spouses.

    Stand with Patty Judge and call on the U.S. Senate to protect and expand Social Security!

    To: All United States Senators

  • Stand up – Protect and Expand Social Security

    Stand with Social Security Champion Ted Strickland and Social Security Works in telling the U.S. Senate to protect and expand Social Security.

    Right now, many seniors who have worked hard their entire life are struggling to make ends meet. The threat of falling home values and 401(k) packages means retirement security is a struggle for more and more Americans. Social Security is a life-saving promise we’ve made to our seniors.

    We need to protect Social Security from Republicans and their millionaire and billionaire Wall Street friends who would transform it into something less and break the promise we’ve made to our seniors.

    Stand with Ted Strickland and Social Security Works in demanding the U.S. Senate work to expand, not cut Social Security.

    To: All U.S. Senators

  • Stand with Social Security Champion Patty Judge and tell the U.S. Senate: Expand, don’t cut, Social Security!

    For 81 years, this country has made a commitment to seniors. If you work hard all your life, if you pay into the system, Social Security will be there for you when you retire.

    With so many Americans struggling to save for retirement, it is absolutely crazy that some senators are considering cutting Social Security’s modest annual benefits.

    Social Security is the most successful program in American history. Each year, 60,000,000 people receive Social Security benefits including retirees, veterans, people with disabilities, children and surviving spouses.

    Stand with Patty Judge and call on the U.S. Senate to protect and expand Social Security!

    To: All United States Senators

  • Put the Trump-Pence Social Security Record Under a Microscope

    Tonight will be the only time most voters have a chance to learn about Mike Pence.

    Voters need to know that despite his mild-mannered exterior, Pence is a serious threat to Social Security's future. He once criticized George W. Bush's privatization scheme -- for not going far enough!

    Call on debate moderator Elaine Quijano to ask Pence if he stands by his past support for privatization, raising the retirement age, and other cuts to Social Security.

    To: Elaine Quijano, Vice-Presidential Debate Moderator

  • A Commitment to Seniors

    For 81 years, this country has made a commitment to seniors. If you work hard all your life, if you pay into the system, Social Security will be there for you when you retire.

    Every year, 60,000,000 people rely on Social Security – including 3,145,869 Floridians.

    As a Congressman, Patrick Murphy has introduced legislation in the House to expand Social Security. And in the U.S. Senate, he will always stand with our seniors to protect Social Security for current and future generations.

    Please, stand with Social Security champion Patrick Murphy in calling on the U.S. Senate to protect and expand Social Security.

    To: U.S. Senate

  • A Commitment to Seniors

    For 81 years, this country has made a commitment to seniors. If you work hard all your life, if you pay into the system, Social Security will be there for you when you retire.

    Every year, 60,000,000 people rely on Social Security – including 3,145,869 Floridians.

    As a Congressman, Patrick Murphy has introduced legislation in the House to expand Social Security. And in the U.S. Senate, he will always stand with our seniors to protect Social Security for current and future generations.

    Please, stand with Social Security champion Patrick Murphy in calling on the U.S. Senate to protect and expand Social Security.

    To: U.S. Senate

  • Tell Lester Holt: Hold Donald Trump Accountable for His Social Security Lies

    In his campaign speeches, Donald Trump claims that as President he won't make any changes to Social Security. But a mountain of evidence, including the Republican platform, makes it clear that a President Trump would be happy to sign Speaker Paul Ryan's Social Security cuts into law.

    Up until now, Trump's dubious promise to protect Social Security has gone virtually unchallenged by the media. Tonight's presidential debate, which is expected to have a record shattering audience of 100 million Americans, is the perfect opportunity to change that.

    Join us in calling on debate moderator Lester Holt to hold Trump accountable about his real plans to dismantle Social Security brick by brick.

    To: Lester Holt

  • Stand With Social Security Champion Russ Feingold and Tell the United States Senate: Expand, Don’t Cut, Social Security!

    Across the country, millions of hardworking Americans are uncertain about their retirement. But instead of supporting families and addressing the retirement security crisis, Republicans in Washington are determined to cut, undermine, and dismantle Social Security.

    They want to privatize our Social Security system. Translation: Leave the retirement security of our seniors in the hands of reckless Wall Street billionaires.

    Stand with Russ Feingold and put hardworking Americans ahead of Wall Street greed. Join us in our fight to expand, never cut, Social Security.

    To: All United States Senators

  • Stand With Social Security Champion Russ Feingold and Tell the United States Senate: Expand, Don’t Cut, Social Security!

    Across the country, millions of hardworking Americans are uncertain about their retirement. But instead of supporting families and addressing the retirement security crisis, Republicans in Washington are determined to cut, undermine, and dismantle Social Security.

    They want to privatize our Social Security system. Translation: Leave the retirement security of our seniors in the hands of reckless Wall Street billionaires.

    Stand with Russ Feingold and put hardworking Americans ahead of Wall Street greed. Join us in our fight to expand, never cut, Social Security.

    To: All United States Senators

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    Demand Policy Makers Commit to The Checklist to Support Student Loan Borrowers

    Claiming to support student loan borrowers is not enough without action. Forty-four million borrowers are carrying over $1.3 trillion in student loan debt - they can no longer wait for change. This is why I am pushing my community and public policy leaders to act now.

    I pledge to be a student loan voter, someone who supports affordable higher education and common sense solutions to the student debt crisis that is holding back our economy.

    I pledge to push my representatives to uphold the policy reforms included in The Checklist to Support Student Loan Borrowers and to support 
    policy makers as they work to make these reforms a reality.


    Public policy makers must commit to fighting for the following reforms:


    I pledge to be a Student Loan Voter and to support policy makers in their work to implement The Checklist to Support Student Loan Borrowers.


    Learn More - studentdebtcrisis.org/checklist

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  • People Before Drug Company Profits

    Large drug companies such as Mylan – the maker of EpiPen – have been price gouging the American people for years. But Mylan is just a symptom of a much bigger problem – a corrupt system where drug corporations spend millions on lobbying so that Congress does nothing to take away their monopolies.

    We’ve seen this in recent years with insulin –a necessary treatment for many of the 29 million Americans who are living with diabetes – whose price has risen by more than 200% since 2002.

    Join Social Security Works in calling on President Obama to enact executive actions to protect the American public from unjustified drug price increases.

    If Congress won’t act, President Obama can!

    To: President Obama

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    Use the form below to send a letter to your members of Congress.

    By sharing your voice, you will let them know how important student loan reform is to you.

  • Tell Your Senators to Vote NO on Saudi Arms Deal

    When millions of Americans call their elected officials demanding action we win. If your Senator pledges to VOTE NO we will win.

    The US Senate is voting on the $1.5 Billion Saudi Arms Deal the week of August 2th; we can call our Senators at least twice between now and then to let them know how important it is for them to support SJ Res 39 and VOTE NO!

    It's EASY to call your Senator
    (Enter zip code- the phone number is next to the photo):

    Tell them your name
    Tell them you live in Virginia and give the city
    Tell them to support SJ Res 39 and VOTE NO ON SAUDI ARMS DEAL!

    While emails are important, calls are more effective. Please feel free to do both.

  • Stand with Social Security Champion Rep. Barbara Lee: Expand, don’t cut Social Security!

    For 81 years, through good times and bad, Social Security has been there for millions of seniors. Each month Social Security covers 60 million retirees, veterans, people with disabilities, children and surviving spouses.

    But at a time when companies are doing away with pension plans and families are struggling to set aside savings for retirement, Social Security’s average annual benefit of just $14,375 is no longer cutting it.

    That’s why – with an ever-growing senior population – we need to expand Social Security’s modest benefits.

    We can achieve this by lifting the payroll tax cap of $118,500 and asking the wealthiest people in this country to pay their fair share into Social Security.

    Stand with Social Security Champion Barbara Lee in calling on her colleagues in the House to listen to the American people and expand, not cut Social Security.

     To: Members of the House of Representatives
  • Tell President Obama to Break Up the Big Pharma Monopolies

    For the tens of millions of Americans who suffer from asthma or life threatening allergies, EpiPens are an essential source of security. In an emergency, they can mean the difference between life and death.

    But for the giant pharmaceutical corporation Mylan, EpiPens are a source of profits. Since Mylan bought the rights to EpiPen in 2007, they've increased the cost by 400 percent— while their CEO's pay went up by 671 percent. It's time to demand that our government fight back to protect our health. Join us in calling on President Obama and the FDA to take action now to end abusive monopolies and rein in the skyrocketing prices of lifesaving medications like EpiPens.

    To: President Obama

  • Tell the Department of Education to work with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and crack down on private companies taking advantage of Student Loan Borrowers.

    We demand that the Department of Education work with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to crack down on student debt relief companies. With student loan defaults and delinquencies on the rise, distressed borrowers are often looking for ways to get help with their student debt. As a result, student loan borrowers are being aggressively targeted by fraudulent student loan debt relief companies. Based on a recent Student Debt Crisis and NerdWallet survey, student loan borrowers are paying over $600 for services that are otherwise free of charge and guaranteed to federal student loan borrowers under federal law. 

    Therefore, we urge the Department to work in collaboration with the CFPB to issue Cease and Desist letters on a consistent basis, create policies that increase borrower awareness and education, protect borrowers from scams, and use their enforcement tools to shut down companies that are found guilty of misleading borrowers and violating federal law.


    It is time for the federal government to reign in these private companies that take advantage of thousands of distressed student loan borrowers across the country. Companies that advertise student debt relief, forgiveness, and consolidation services that are completely FREE OF CHARGE need to be closely monitored and shutdown if found guilty of misrepresenting themselves or violating federal consumer protection laws. It has also been reported that private companies contracted by the Department of Education to service federal student loans often do a poor job of informing borrowers about their rights and options to help manage their student debt, leaving borrowers vulnerable to scams and deceit.

    Student loan borrowers need to know that they do not have to pay for help with their federal student loans. Based on our recent Student Debt Crisis survey findings, NerdWallet has released this report.

  • Congressional Republicans are undermining the Social Security Administration!

     House and Senate Republicans are calling for hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to the Social Security Administration's budget. These cuts would result in employee furloughs, office closures, delays in benefits, and long wait times for disability claims.

    The GOP is trying to undermine Social Security by eroding its customer service. These budget cuts make it far more difficult for Americans to access their earned benefits. Please, stand with Social Security Works and call on Congress to strengthen the Social Security Administration, not weaken it.

    To: Congress

  • Drug Prices Are Too High!

    Due to big pharma greed, drug prices are going up by astronomical amounts. In households across the country, Americans are being forced to choose between paying for lifesaving medications and putting food on the table. This situation must end. We're calling on the next President to take executive action to rein in big pharma and bring drug prices under control. 

    To: The Next President of the United States

  • Petition: CA Clean Money

    On Monday, Clean Money supporters like you made a massive stand for AB 700, the California DISCLOSE Act, at the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing in Sacramento.

    AB 700 will strike the biggest blow yet against the unlimited secret money unleashed by Citizens United by requiring that ballot measure ads and ads about candidates from outside groups clearly disclose the real names of their top three funders — on the ads themselves.

    AB 700 is now on the Senate Appropriations Committee suspense file.  Any day now, Senator Ricardo Lara (the chair) and Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Leon will decide whether to let it out or let it die.

    Both Senators Lara and de Leon have long supported the California DISCLOSE Act.  Now we need their leadership more than ever.

    Use this tool to email your Senator and ask them to support AB 700 and also send a special Thank you to Senate President pro Tem, Kevin de Leon.

  • Tell AARP: End All Ties With ALEC Immediately!

    AARP's stated mission is to represent the interests of retirees. That's why we were shocked and angered to learn that AARP has been secretly funding the right-wing, anti-retiree American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) since 2014.

    ALEC's agenda includes many proposals that would be a nightmare for seniors, including privatizing Social Security, gutting pension plans, and turning Medicare over to insurance companies. ALEC also supports laws that would make prescription drug prices even higher — no surprise since giant pharmaceutical corporations are one of ALEC's biggest donors.

    Join us in calling on AARP to end its financial support of ALEC and repudiate the group.

    To: AARP

  • Education Department should make it easier, not harder, for defrauded students to get debt relief

    Federal law provides for loan discharges when students are defrauded by schools that seek to profit from federal student loans, grants, and veterans benefits at student and taxpayer expense. However, until recently, this right has not been publicized and few borrowers have gotten the relief to which they are entitled. The Education Department has proposed new rules to clarify and strengthen some protections for defrauded federal student loan borrowers, and these rules will help curb bad behavior by predatory colleges. We need to ensure that the new rules make it easier for borrowers to get full relief.


    Submit your comment and let the Department of Education and Congress know you support strong regulations for student loan borrowers!

      

       

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  • A Message to All Democrats: Expand Social Security!

     Social Security expansion is now the official position of the Democratic Party. As was written in the recently passed Democratic Party Platform:

     "We will fight every effort to cut, privatize, or weaken Social Security….Democrats will expand Social Security...and we will make sure Social Security's guaranteed benefits continue for generations by asking those at the top to pay more."

     

    Now it’s time to take this message to every race in the country. Sign the petition to all Democrats calling on them to make expanding Social Security a centerpiece of their campaigns.

    To: All Democratic Party Candidates

  • Reject Paul Ryan’s New Healthcare Plan

    House Speaker Paul Ryan is once again coming after Medicare benefits by proposing to raise the eligibility age to 67. Raising the Medicare age would force millions of Americans, many of them Social Security beneficiaries, to purchase expensive private insurance instead. That's a cut to our earned benefits.

    At a time when Americans face an unprecedented $7.7 trillion retirement savings gap – meaning that for the first time in our country’s history, current and future retirees are preparing for a lower standard of living in retirement than their parents – we should be expanding earned benefits, not cutting them.

    Please sign our petition rejecting Paul Ryan’s calls to cut Medicare benefits by raising the eligibility age.

    To Speaker Paul Ryan:

  • Reject Paul Ryan’s New Healthcare Plan

    House Speaker Paul Ryan is once again coming after Medicare benefits by proposing to raise the eligibility age to 67. Raising the Medicare age would force millions of Americans, many of them Social Security beneficiaries, to purchase expensive private insurance instead. That's a cut to our earned benefits.

    At a time when Americans face an unprecedented $7.7 trillion retirement savings gap – meaning that for the first time in our country’s history, current and future retirees are preparing for a lower standard of living in retirement than their parents – we should be expanding earned benefits, not cutting them.

    Please sign our petition rejecting Paul Ryan’s calls to cut Medicare benefits by raising the eligibility age.

    To Speaker Paul Ryan:

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  • Stand up to Drug Corporations!

    Our drug costs are out of control.

    In 2014, the cost of prescription drugs in the United States skyrocketed by 12 percent. In that same year, 20 percent of the population - or 35 million people - did not fill a prescription because they could not afford it.

    Thankfully, both remaining Democratic presidential candidates have detailed plans to lower costs and spur innovation by reining in drug company abuses. These plans recognize that Big Pharma's price-gouging is hurting seniors and working families.

    The Republican plan is to maintain soaring pharmaceutical profits while American families pay through the nose.

    Between now and the end of June, the Democratic Platform Committee is soliciting input on this year's Party Platform.

    Stand with us in telling the Democratic Platform Committee to draw a clear distinction between the Democratic and Republican plans to deal with pharmaceutical price gouging. Tell them to endorse the following cost-saving measures in the Democratic Platform:

    1. Stopping direct-to-consumer drug company advertising subsidies (tax breaks), and reinvest funds in research.
    2. Requiring drug companies that benefit from taxpayers' support to invest in research, not marketing.
    3. Limiting out-of-pocket spending and demanding value
    4. Capping monthly and annual out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs
    5. Increasing competition for prescription drugs, including specialty drugs
    6. Prohibiting "pay for delay" arrangements
    7. Allowing Americans to safely import drugs from abroad
    8. Ensuring new drugs provide value rather than adding to cost without improving treatments and outcomes.
    9. Requiring higher rebates for prescription drugs in Medicare
    10. Allowing Medicare to negotiate drug and biologic prices
    11. Introducing generic competition with expensive drug patent monopolies (under government use and march-in powers)
    12. Penalizing pharmaceutical companies for excessive year-to-year price hikes

    Sign our petition to the Democratic Platform Committee Today!

  • Good Policy and Good Politics: Expand Social Security!

    Right now, the Democratic Party Platform Committee is soliciting policies to include in this year’s party platform. The platform will serve as an agenda for the next president and the next Congress, and it is critical that Social Security expansion become an official position of the Democratic Party.

    Please, join Social Security Works in calling on the Democratic Party Platform Committee to include Social Security expansion in this year’s platform.

    As our Co-Founder Nancy Altman said in her testimony to the committee:

    “Expanding Social Security is a solution. It’s a solution to our nation’s retirement income crisis, to income and wealth inequality, to the financial squeeze on working families.”

    Sign the petition today!

  • Don't get Trumped

    For 15 years, Donald Trump was on record supporting cuts to Social Security.

    Then for a brief 10 months, he claimed to be a defender of our earned benefits in order to secure the Republican Presidential nomination.

    Now that Trump has the nomination, he is back on Paul Ryan’s talking points.

    Please, stand with Social Security Works as we fight attempts by the billionaire class to dismantle Social Security. Sign our petition today telling Donald Trump where the American people stand: Expand, never cut Social Security!

    Mr. Trump:

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  • Tell No Labels: NO WAY!

    A couple of blasts from our past – former U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman (R) – have reemerged on the political scene. Their mission: to cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

    Using recent “research” from their Wall Street funded think tank, Lieberman and Huntsman are attempting to rally support on Capitol Hill for their regressive fiscal policy ideas, including cutting Social Security.

    Sign our petition today to Joe Lieberman and Jon Huntsman telling them to take their hands off Social Security!

    To Former Senator Joe Lieberman and former Governor Jon Huntsman:

  • The Rich Get Richer and the Poor Get Poorer

    Over the last several decades, employers have moved away from pension-based retirement plans toward the 401(k) savings model. Participation in these do-it-yourself retirement savings plans is highly unequal across income groups because the system is stacked against those who can least afford to contribute and to bear investment risks. Lower-income workers get skimpier matching contributions from employers and often receive little or no tax benefit, but still face a penalty if they need to tap their savings early.

    According to new research by the Economic Policy Institute, nearly nine in 10 families in the top income fifth had retirement account savings, compared with fewer than one in 10 families in the bottom income fifth (see the first figure below).

    Additionally, families in the top income fifth accounted for 63 percent of total income, but 74 percent of total savings in retirement accounts (see the second figure below) illustrating the degree to which 401(k)s favor those with higher incomes.

    This disparity across income groups highlights a serious policy failure that is exacerbating income inequality as well as the existing retirement security crisis with two-thirds of seniors relying on Social Security for a majority of their income.

    The policy solution to the retirement security crisis is to protect and expand Social Security for millions of Americans, not cut our only universal guaranteed source of retirement income.

    Please join us in calling on Congress to expand – not cut – Social Security.

    To Congress:

  • Tell Congress: It's Time to Expand Social Security to Include Paid Family Leave

    In the 80 years since we built our Social Security system, we have expanded it to provide protections for workers in the event of long-term disability and the death of a spouse or caregiver. But when we need to take time off from work to care for family, Americans are at the mercy of their employers.

    Now it is time to expand Social Security’s protections to include paid family and medical leave. We need a system to cover workers who need to take short term leave due to the arrival of a new baby, a chronic illness, or a relative in need of care.

    When Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Social Security into law in 1935, he referred to the newly created system as "A cornerstone in a structure which is being built but is by no means completed."

    Since that time, we have built on FDR's cornerstone by expanding the Social Security system to cover nearly all workers and to include long-term disability benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid. Now, the time has come to build it up once more.

    To Congress:

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  • CNN: Stop Using Wall Street Talking Points – Social Security is Not Going Broke!

    In the recent CNN Republican Presidential debate, moderator and CNN Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash questioned the candidates about their plans to address the future of Social Security. In her questioning, Bash questioned Social Security’s solvency and said that “Social Security is projected to run out of money within 20 years.”

    Too often, when the media reports on Social Security, they turn to Wall Street-funded think tanks like Third Way or the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget who consistently repeat false claims that Social Security will not be there for future generations, leading to a lack of confidence in the program.

    Let us be clear – Social Security is not going broke. It has a $2.8 trillion surplus, can pay out 100% of benefits owed for the next 19 years and approximately 80% of benefits owed after that. And all we need to do is ask the wealthiest Americans to pay into Social Security at the same rate as everyone else and we can not only extend the lifespan of the Social Security trust fund, we can afford to expand benefits for millions of Americans.

    We need to take a stand for truthful reporting that recognizes that our Social Security system works, and needs to be expanded to address the retirement income crisis, not cut to create more profits for Wall Street billionaires.

    Join us in calling on Dana Bash to issue an on-air correction and stop repeating talking points ginned up by Wall Street billionaires and their "think tanks."

    To Dana Bash, Chief CNN Political Correspondant:

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  • Support Independent Voices in the Media!

    We need more independent voices who are willing to take on powerful interests and discuss the real issues affecting America.

  • Support Independent Voices in the Media!

    We need more independent voices who are willing to take on powerful interests and discuss the real issues affecting America.

  • Support Independent Media

  • Fight for the SAVE Benefits Act!

    Did you notice that Social Security benefits didn’t receive a Cost of Living Adjustment this year?

    Elizabeth Warren did. That’s why she introduced the SAVE Benefits Act last fall – a one-time $580 payment for 70 million Americans receiving Social Security – to serve as a lifeline in a year of rising out-of-pocket costs, but no Cost of Living Adjustment.

    The bill has received widespread support amongst Democrats and would be paid for by closing a loophole that subsidizes runaway CEO pay. The idea of closing this CEO pay loophole has received consistent bipartisan support in the past, but now Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is refusing to bring the SAVE Benefits Act up for a vote.

    Make sure that your name is counted when Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer deliver this petition.

  • Hillary Clinton: Promise to never cut Social Security benefits

    All Democratic presidential candidates need to promise never to cut Social Security -- but so far, Hillary Clinton hasn't made that promise. Once she does, the whole Democratic Party can move on to a national discussion about how to expand benefits to meet the needs of our grandparents and veterans.

    Will you sign the petition to Hillary Clinton on this page?

  • Third Way’s Latest Attempt to Cut Social Security

    Third Way – a Wall Street-funded group that poses as a "progressive" think tank – recently blasted the movement to expand Social Security benefits for millions of Americans.

    By attacking Social Security expansion, Third Way is attempting to muddle the clear Democratic support for Social Security expansion.

    The American people won’t stand for Third Way’s blatant attempts to cut Social Security and force more Americans into risky retirement plans with high Wall Street fees.

    Stand with us today in calling on all Democrats to immediately distance themselves from Third Way and their attacks on Social Security.

    To: All Democrats Everywhere

  • Put the House on record: Expand Social Security!

    Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL) has introduced House Resolution 393, which supports protecting and expanding Social Security, and she already has 107 co-sponsors! If we can increase our numbers in the House, we can demonstrate overwhelming support for expansion within the Democratic Party.

    Sign the petition today calling on all members of the House to sign-onto House Resolution 393.

  • Stop Pharmaceutical Industry Greed

    We need to rein in reckless drug company greed. Drug prices for everyone continue to go up around 10% year over year, commercials for drugs pollute every channel of media, and companies continue to restrict access to life-saving drugs by pricing them out of reach from those who need them. 

    This is the year to tell the drug industry enough is enough. Stand with us as we push for reasonable regulation of drug companies and end out of control drug prices.

    Sign our petition!

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  • Promise never to cut Social Security

    In his final State of the Union, President Obama said “Social Security and Medicare are more important than ever; we shouldn’t weaken them, we should strengthen them.”

    We agree, but before we can move ahead increasing benefits, we need to protect the benefits that we’ve already earned, and make sure that no one who seeks to represent us will seek to cut our benefits.

    One thing is clear: if we want our next president to address the $7.7 trillion retirement security crisis and expand benefits for millions of Americans, we need to fight hard now. At a time when over half of households 55 and older have nothing saved for retirement, the need to expand earned Social Security benefits for current and future retirees – not cut benefits when Americans can least afford it.

    Protecting and expanding Social Security is popular across the political spectrum with 79% of likely voters – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – supporting expansion. It is time for the policy makers in Washington to catch-up with the American people.

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  • Expand, Don't Cut Social Security

    Americans are facing an unprecedented retirement security crisis. Right now, we have a $7.7 trillion retirement savings gap – meaning that for the first time in our country’s history, current and future retirees are preparing for a lower standard of living in retirement than their parents. And, with 38.3 million working age households with zero retirement savings, our elected officials must look for ways to expand the only guaranteed source of retirement security: Social Security. As the New York Times says:

    Nearly all Republican candidates have called for cuts to Social Security benefits.

    Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio all favor cutting benefits by delaying the age for full benefits; the retirement age is already set to rise to 67 for people born in 1960 or later. They say a higher retirement age is needed to keep up with longer lives. But data show that life expectancy is growing faster among the wealthy than among the poor, and poor women are seeing life expectancy decline. So raising the retirement age across the board would hit lower-income workers the hardest.

    Mr. Bush, Mr. Christie and Mr. Cruz have also endorsed reducing future cost-of-living adjustments in Social Security, even though there is no compelling evidence that the current adjustment is too high.

    Mr. Bush and Mr. Cruz have said that Social Security payroll taxes should be diverted into new private accounts for employees, a reprise of President George W. Bush’s failed privatization attempt in 2005. Private accounts do not enhance retirement security. They divert money that would otherwise finance Social Security to Wall Street and shift the risk from government to individuals.

    Donald Trump opposes benefit cuts, including a higher retirement age, but he has offered no meaningful ideas for reform.

    The Democratic candidates have played defense and offense. They have opposed benefit cuts and privatization. They have proposed increasing the system’s revenues by raising the ceiling on the amount of wages, currently $118,500, that are subject to payroll taxes. That reform is overdue. If the wage ceiling had kept pace with the income gains of high earners over the decades, it would be about $250,000 today.

    Stand with us today in our fight to protect and expand earned benefits for millions of Americans. When we do, we will guarantee a secure retirement for all Americans, not just the wealthy few.

  • Expand Social Security Now!

     

  • Congress Needs Fighters

    Social Security Works co-founder Eric Kingson is running for Congress in Central New York – a toss-up seat, which has gone back and forth between Democratic and Republican control over the last decade.

    Kingson is running on a strong progressive platform, which highlights our need to address the retirement security crisis; to provide paid family leave; and to enact an annual cost-of-living adjustment that fully offsets the harmful effects of inflation on seniors and people with disabilities – by expanding Social Security.

    Please join Social Security Works and our co-founder and congressional candidate Eric Kingson in calling on Congress to protect and expand our nation’s most successful social innovation – our Social Security.

    When Eric wins this swing district, we’ll be sending a message to Washington D.C. insiders and Wall Street fat cats that Americans want change. Expand, don’t cut Social Security!

    To Congress:

  • Sign on to support the SAVE Benefits Act today

    The federal government just announced that there will be no cost of living adjustment for those receiving social security benefits in 2016.

    Elizabeth Warren is fighting back with the Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act (SAVE Benefits Act), which will raise the average Social Security benefit by $580 in 2016 -- enough to cover three months of groceries or a year’s worth of out-of-pocket prescription costs. Seniors’ cost of living is going up, not down. So many seniors are being squeezed, worrying that savings and Social Security won't be enough for their retirement.

    Will you join Russ Feingold and Social Security Works in calling on Congress to step up and support the SAVE Benefits Act?

  • Strengthen Social Security and make wealthy CEOs pay their fair share

    Strengthen Social Security and make wealthy CEOs pay their fair share

    As you may have heard, there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment for Social Security beneficiaries next year. Despite average annual benefits of just $14,375 and rising medical and housing costs, Social Security payments will remain flat.

    Meanwhile, CEO pay for the top 350 US firms saw their pay increase by 3.9% last year, according to data compiled by the Economic Policy Institute. Why are we stretching thin seniors and people with disabilities while CEOs whose average pay is $16.3 billion—much of it paid through a tax-free “performance pay” loophole—are making more than ever?

    Thankfully, Social Security champion Senator Elizabeth Warren has just introduced a bill which will give a 3.9% raise to Social Security beneficiaries in 2016 – around $580 – and pay for it for by eliminating the CEO performance pay tax break.

    At a time when more than half of households 55 and older have zero retirement savings, and when two-thirds of retirees depend on Social Security for the majority of their income, Senator Warren’s legislation is critical to providing financial security to Social Security recipients in 2016.

    It is time for Social Security beneficiaries to receive a raise and for the wealthiest Americans to start paying their fair share.

  • Get the House on the Record

    Last Spring — thanks to your hard work — over 90% of Senate Democrats went on record supporting Social Security expansion. Now we have a chance to do the same in the House.

    As recently as 2013, many Democrats including President Obama indicated a willingness to cut Social Security benefits. But things are changing quickly in Washington.

    Right now, 43 out of 46 Senate Democrats and two out of three Democratic presidential candidates are on record supporting expansion. If we can increase our numbers in the House, we can demonstrate overwhelming support for expansion within the Democratic Party.

    Please email your Representative today and ask them to go on record supporting Social Security expansion.

    If your Representative is already a sponsor, they still need to hear from you! Our tool will automatically load a "thank you" message to representatives who are already co-sponsors.

  • Letter to the Editor

    The Republican leadership has agreed to a deal to keep the government operating, raise the debt limit, and ensure that all Social Security benefits continue to be paid in full and on time beyond 2016. When hostage takers release their hostages, we are, of course, relieved that the hostages are no longer in harm’s way, but this is nothing to celebrate. That the ransom isn’t steeper is also not something to celebrate.

    The deal does include some good provisions: Medicare beneficiaries will not experience the drastically large premium increases that were set to take effect next year. It also closes a loophole that was introduced in the law relatively recently that allows wealthier Americans to game the system by claiming extra benefits inconsistent with the goals of the program.

    But there is a diversion of Social Security resources towards virtually nonexistent fraud. This focus on fraud is a distraction from Social Security’s one real shortcoming: its benefits are too low, and an overwhelming majority of Americans know it. Congress should follow the will of the people by expanding those modest but vital benefits and restore the program to long-range actuarial balance by requiring the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share.

    The fraud prevention provisions will require workers with disabilities to wait longer to receive their earned benefits and may prevent some from receiving their earned benefits completely. And in a year when there will be no cost-of-living adjustment, people relying on Social Security benefits will be stretched thin already. That is wrong. And though there are positives in this deal, Social Security legislation, as a matter of principle, should always go through regular order, in the light of day. If that were done, Social Security would be expanded.

    That’s why we can’t rest on our laurels. We need to keep pressure on Washington and in the media to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits.

    Use our tool below to customize and send a letter to your local paper!

  • Letter to the Editor

    The Republican leadership has agreed to a deal to keep the government operating, raise the debt limit, and ensure that all Social Security benefits continue to be paid in full and on time beyond 2016. When hostage takers release their hostages, we are, of course, relieved that the hostages are no longer in harm’s way, but this is nothing to celebrate. That the ransom isn’t steeper is also not something to celebrate.

    The deal does include some good provisions: Medicare beneficiaries will not experience the drastically large premium increases that were set to take effect next year. It also closes a loophole that was introduced in the law relatively recently that allows wealthier Americans to game the system by claiming extra benefits inconsistent with the goals of the program.

    But there is a diversion of Social Security resources towards virtually nonexistent fraud. This focus on fraud is a distraction from Social Security’s one real shortcoming: its benefits are too low, and an overwhelming majority of Americans know it. Congress should follow the will of the people by expanding those modest but vital benefits and restore the program to long-range actuarial balance by requiring the wealthiest among us to pay their fair share.

    The fraud prevention provisions will require workers with disabilities to wait longer to receive their earned benefits and may prevent some from receiving their earned benefits completely. And in a year when there will be no cost-of-living adjustment, people relying on Social Security benefits will be stretched thin already. That is wrong. And though there are positives in this deal, Social Security legislation, as a matter of principle, should always go through regular order, in the light of day. If that were done, Social Security would be expanded.

    That’s why we can’t rest on our laurels. We need to keep pressure on Washington and in the media to expand, not cut, Social Security benefits.

    Use our tool below to customize and send a letter to your local paper!

  • No, We Won't 'Get Over It'

    Right now, Wall Street executives and CEOs of major U.S. corporations are making 300 times more than the typical worker. This data comes just as we learn that there will be no cost of living adjustment (or COLA) in 2016, leaving retirees, surviving spouses, and people with disabilities behind.

    Tell Congress that Americans deserve a raise and they can start by expanding, not cutting Social Security!

    When Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich recently told an audience in New Hampshire that they would “get over” cuts to their Social Security checks, he was echoing the “you’re on your own” mentality of so many on Wall Street and in Washington.

    We are not on our own and we won’t “get over it!” Together we’re changing the conversation in Washington away from cuts and toward expansion.

    Join us in sending this message to Congress:

  • Mitch McConnell wants to take Social Security hostage.

    CNN is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning on holding Social Security and Medicare hostage in upcoming debt ceiling debates. We’ve heard these threats before—but that doesn’t make them any less dangerous.

    In just a few weeks – on November 5 – the Federal Government will run out of money to pay its debts unless Congress raises the debt limit. And Majority Leader McConnell is pledging to not raise the debt limit unless the president and members of Congress agree to deep cuts to our earned benefits.

    This hostage-taking comes just as the Social Security Administration is expected to announce tomorrow that there will be no cost of living adjustment (or COLA) in 2016. That’s right—The Social Security COLA will be zero, and the Senate Majority Leader thinks that’s STILL too high.

    Send this message to Mitch McConnell, so that Congress hears us loud and clear:

  • Tell Congress to Act Now and Avert a Drastic Spike in Medicare Part B Costs
    If Congress does not act soon, the Medicare Part B premium and deductible are expected to increase significantly for older adults and people with disabilities in 2016. The premium could increase to $159 per month for 30 percent of people with Medicare, and the deductible could increase to $223 for every person with Medicare.

    Social Security Works, the Alliance for Retired Americans, the Medicare Rights Center, and 67 other organizations representing people with Medicare, health insurers, federal employees, and others are urging swift Congressional action to prevent this unprecedented hike in Part B costs. We need your help if we are going to stop this from happening.

    Half of all Americans with Medicare have annual incomes of $24,150 or less. Many older adults and people with disabilities simply cannot shoulder additional health care expenses.

    If Congress doesn't act soon, many people with Medicare will be forced to pay higher health care costs when they can least afford them.

    Stand with us in supporting a comprehensive and affordable Medicare program.

    To: Congress

  • We are United Behind Social Security

     Join Social Security Works in supporting the Social Security Earned Benefits Payment Act, which balances the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance trust fund and the Disability Insurance trust fund and ensures full payments on time through 2034.

    Instead of pitting retirees against people with disabilities members of Congress should be responsible stewards of Social Security and expand, not cut benefits for millions of Americans.

    To Congress:

  • Chase Voters, Not Donors!

    Stand with Social Security Works today and demand that all presidential candidates start supporting policies which reflect the views of the majority of Americans, not wealthy Wall Street donors. Let them know that 79% of likely voters – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – want to see Social Security benefits expanded, not cut.

    Sign our petition to all 2016 Presidential Candidates:

  • Don’t Garnish Social Security to Pay Student Loan Debt!

    Americans used to be able to get a college degree without going into debt. But politicians dismantled that debt-free college system, and the burden is now so heavy that student loan debt follows people to their graves.

    Today, over 700,000 people relying on Social Security are still paying their student loans. Over 160,000 Social Security beneficiaries have their monthly checks garnished to pay off federal student loans.

    Until 1996 it was against the law to garnish Social Security benefits to pay debts, but that protection was stripped for debts owed to the federal government.

    But we can fix this. It doesn’t even require an act of Congress. The Department of Education can declare a moratorium on garnishing Social Security benefits for student debt. We can make this happen -- and bring relief to the many Social Security recipients still struggling to repay their student loans.

  • Americans pay the highest prescription drug prices in the world. This must change!

    All across the country, Americans are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring. Tragically, health care providers tell us that many of their patients can no longer afford their medicine. As a result, some get sicker and wind up in expensive hospital emergency rooms at a great cost to our health care system.

    That should not be happening in the United States of America -- but it is.

    That is why I have introduced the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015, which would:

    • instruct the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate drug prices under the Medicare Part D prescription drug program;
    • allow individuals, pharmacists, and wholesalers to import prescription drugs from licensed Canadian pharmacies;
    • require pharmaceutical companies to publicly report information that affects drug pricing, as well as require companies to submit prices, profits, and sale information in other countries in which those products are sold;
    • restore the minimum rebate on drugs covered under Medicare Part D for low-income Medicare beneficiaries, which would save $103 billion over 10 years;
    • close the Medicare Part D donut hole for brand and generic drugs by 2017;
    • prohibit pay-for-delay deals between brand and generic drug makers where the brand name drug manufacturers pays the generic manufacturer to delay bringing their generic alternative to market – saving taxpayers at least $3.5 billion in higher drug costs every year;
    • create stricter penalties for fraud convictions of major branded drug makers.

    Stand up against the big drug companies and support the Prescription Drug Affordability Act of 2015 today!

  • Is your COLA too high?

    Nearly every year, Social Security recipients receive a modest cost of living adjustment or COLA. However, many on Wall Street and in Washington believe the COLA is too generous. These are the same folks who, in the past, attempted to implement the benefit cutting Chained CPI and are calling for drastic and unnecessary cuts to Social Security benefits. 

    But this year, the early reports are saying that there will be no COLA--but that Medicare premiums could rise almost 50%!

    This goes to show: We need to expand Social Security benefits, not cut them. 

    Sign our petition:

  • Support Independent Voices in the Media!

    We need more independent voices who are willing to take on powerful interests and discuss the real issues affecting America.

  • The Vote Heard 'Round the World

    California is poised to pass historic climate legislation within the next three weeks.

    • The State Senate already passed bills ordering strong mandates for clean energy targets and GHG reductions by 2030 and 2050.
    • The governor wants to sign these bills.
    • First they must get through the Assembly.


    Lobbyists
    are pushing hard to block the passage of this breakthrough legislation, pressing Assembly Members to vote against this climate package. 

    We need your help.

    Send a letter to your Assembly Member asking him or her to vote YES for this legislation, to vote YES to the future. Urge them to speak up on the Assembly floor and ask colleagues to also support the bills. Urge them to LEAD.

  • End discrimination and boost Social Security by passing the ERA

    In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would provide a path to reliable economic security for both women and men by guaranteeing that equal pay for equal work is enshrined in the United States Constitution. 43 years later, 35 states have ratified the ERA – leaving us three states short of full ratification.

    Currently, federal and state laws do not and cannot fully protect equal rights for women and girls under the law. This is because discrimination on account of sex is not barred by the Constitution.

    This inequity puts women behind on earnings for their whole careers—and since Social Security benefits reflect one’s earnings, it means that women fall behind in retirement, too. This isn’t fair, and it’s time to address this disparity at its root—by ratifying ERA and closing the gender pay gap.

    Stand with People Demanding Action, Campaign for America’s Future and Social Security Works in supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. We will deliver your signatures to state legislatures across the country who are yet to ratify ERA.

  • Social Security week on Talk Poverty Radio

    Our friends at Talk Poverty Radio devoted their full episode this week to celebrating Social Security’s birthday. Their hosts and guests elegantly summarize the strategy behind the attacks on the Social Security Administration that have led to office closings, fully explain the retirement income crisis, and the show kicks off with Social Security Works’ Alex Lawson to talk about the next front in the battle to protect our earned benefits.

    On the first day that Congress was in session this year, the new Republican majority passed rules that would make a routine transfer between Social Security’s trust funds more difficult. Make no mistake: they are fearmongering and demagoguing to create a crisis and use it as an excuse to cut benefits, just like they did with the debt ceiling.

    We need to tell Congress: Social Security is ONE system and should be expanded--not cut!

  • End discrimination on the basis of sex: Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and guarantee equal pay for equal work

    In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which would provide a path to reliable economic security for both women and men by guaranteeing that equal pay for equal work is enshrined in the United States Constitution. 43 years later, 35 states have ratified the ERA – leaving us three states short of full ratification. 

    Currently, federal and state laws do not and cannot fully protect equal rights for women and girls under the law. This is because discrimination on account of sex is not barred by the Constitution. 

    This inequity puts women behind on earnings for their whole careers—and since Social Security benefits reflect one’s earnings, it means that women fall behind in retirement, too. This isn’t fair, and it’s time to address this disparity at its root—by ratifying ERA and closing the gender pay gap. 

    Stand with People Demanding Action, Campaign for America’s Future and Social Security Works in supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. We will deliver your signatures to state legislatures across the country who are yet to ratify ERA.

  • Expand Medicare!

    Medicare's 50th birthday is a good time to reflect on Medicare's valuable and many contributions to retirement and health security. Medicare has reined in health care costs, ensured older adults and people with disabilities broad access to doctors and hospitals, promoted their health financial security and fostered transparency, accountability and innovation throughout the health care system.

    We should expand Medicare to give everyone the choice of a public health insurance option. Commercial insurers cannot and will not ever control health care costs. Rather, they shift costs to their members. And, they will never drive the kinds of system changes we need. As Robert Reich explains in the MoveOn video, for so many reasons, everyone should have the choice of a Medicare option.

    Join us in urging President Obama and Members of Congress to expand Medicare so that everyone in America has a public health insurance option by signing this petition.

  • Expand Medicare!

    Medicare's 50th birthday is a good time to reflect on Medicare's many valuable contributions to retirement and health security. Medicare has reined in health care costs, ensured older adults and people with disabilities broad access to doctors and hospitals, promoted their health and financial security and fostered transparency, accountability and innovation throughout the health care system.

    We should expand Medicare to give everyone the choice of a public health insurance option. Commercial insurers cannot and will not ever control health care costs. Rather, they shift costs to their members. And, they will never drive the kinds of system changes we need. As Robert Reich explains in the MoveOn video, for so many reasons, everyone should have the choice of a Medicare option.

    Join us in urging President Obama and Members of Congress to expand Medicare so that everyone in America has a public health insurance option by signing this petition.

  • Expand Medicare!

    Medicare's 50th birthday is a good time to reflect on Medicare's valuable and many contributions to retirement and health security. Medicare has reined in health care costs, ensured older adults and people with disabilities broad access to doctors and hospitals, promoted their health financial security and fostered transparency, accountability and innovation throughout the health care system.

    We should expand Medicare to give everyone the choice of a public health insurance option. Commercial insurers cannot and will not ever control health care costs. Rather, they shift costs to their members. And, they will never drive the kinds of system changes we need. As Robert Reich explains in the MoveOn video, for so many reasons, everyone should have the choice of a Medicare option.

    Join us in urging President Obama and Members of Congress to expand Medicare so that everyone in America has a public health insurance option.

  • We Support a United Social Security System

    Republican leadership is pitting current and future retirees against people with disabilities in a cynical attempt to divide us and cut our hard earned Social Security benefits.

    Next year, if Congress does not act, Social Security disability benefits for disabled workers, children and veterans could be cut up to 20%. But it doesn’t have to be this way. 43 members of the US Senate and 116 members of the US House of Representatives have already made it clear that they support expanding Social Security benefits by making everyone pay into the program at the same rate. This solution would both increase benefits for us all and prevent another manufactured crisis from Republican leadership.

    Stand with Social Security Works and the Alliance for Retired Americans in telling our elected officials in Washington that we support a united and expanded Social Security system. Don’t cut benefits for retirees, people with disabilities, children or veterans!

  • Another Sneak Attack on Social Security

    Republicans in Congress are at it again. Whether it's taking away earned benefits without due process or pitting retirees against people with disabilities, they just don’t get it: Social Security is one system that benefits us all.

    The latest sneak attack is coming through a plan to use Social Security cuts to fund the highway bill, in legislation that will be voted on next week. No matter how often we remind them, they just won’t listen: by law, Social Security revenue can only be used for Social Security, that cutting Social Security does not reduce by even a penny the federal debt or deficit.

    We need to make it clear: Sneak attacks on our earned benefits have no place in Washington.

  • Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton took a major step forward on Social Security. In a major campaign address, Clinton laid out her economic vision for the country, and amid proposals to raise workers’ wages, she added: “We’ll help families look forward to retirement by defending and enhancing Social Security and making it easier to save for the future.”

    Secretary Clinton’s choice of words is an indication that she may recognize that the best way to tackle the retirement security crisis is by expanding the one program current and future generations can rely on: Social Security. The Secretary’s focus on raising incomes of workers over the pay of CEOs would also result in a welcome boost to Social Security’s trust fund. This is big news. If Secretary Clinton is serious about increasing Social Security’s benefits, we would have an incredibly powerful ally in our fight.

    Add your voice:

  • Stand up for Social Security at the White House Conference on Aging!

    This week, the White House will hold its once-per-decade Conference on Aging. We can't miss this chance to highlight the retirement security crisis.

    Tell the President that this conference needs to include: 

  • Sign Up for Updates from The Zero Hour

    The media is supposed to inform the American people, but too often corporate media uses their platform to mislead and distort the truth. We need more independent voices who are willing to take on big money and discuss the real issues affecting America.

  • Hands off Obamacare!

    The Court's ruling in King v. Burwell is a huge victory for the millions of Americans benefitting from the Affordable Care Act.

    But the Republicans won’t stop their relentless campaign to destroy Obamacare. We have to stop them.

    Despite losing at the Supreme Court for the second time, the Republicans and corporate special interests have already said their goal is to repeal, defund, undermine and otherwise trash this law at every opportunity they get.

    The right-wing extremists see 2016 as their chance. All the Republican presidential candidates have vowed to repeal Obamacare, and the big-money right-wing contributors are lining up behind them.

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  • What's next for the ACA?

    Will the Supreme Court take away our affordable health care?

    Incredibly, that’s what’s at stake in King v. Burwell—a lawsuit extremist Republicans are behind that’s designed to bring down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

    Be among the first to know what the Court decides. Sign up below to receive an email describing the next steps in the fight for Health Care the moment the Supreme Court makes its decision about our access to healthcare.

    New polling shows that 7 out of 10 Americans know “little” or “nothing” about this lawsuit, but it’s a case that affects all of us.

    If the Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs, 6.4 million people will lose their health insurance in just a matter of weeks. Nearly 10,000 people will die each year because of loss of coverage, and we could go back to the days when insurance companies, not patients and their doctors, called all the shots, denying care and jacking up insurance rates whenever they wanted.

    Sign up to receive updates about the Supreme Court's decision in King v. Burwell and stay involved in the fight!

  • Senators Say No to Fast Track

    According to OpenSecrets.org, some $200 Million dollars was spent buying our representatives’ Yes votes on Fast Track*.

    So ask your senator two questions:

    1. “How much were you paid to vote against your constituents and the environment?
    2. Is it worth losing your seat over this vote?

    Call your Senators using the phone number below their name or use the AFL-CIO TPP Hotline 855-712-8441.

  • Join the Social Security organizing call!

    Sign up to receive notices of our new Social Security organizing calls!

    These calls will build on the kickoff events that are happening around the country, with the goal of building on our grassroots movement to expand Social Security!

  • Tell Your Rep to Vote NO on TAA

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a massive corporate trade deal that will ship jobs overseas, erode wages at home, threaten environmental protection, and undercut Wall Street reform. Oh, and it’s secret deal that we are not allowed to read.

    Fast-track authority would grant the President (and his successor) unilateral power to negotiate this deal in secret—for the next six years.

    To placate these concerns, Congress would pass a companion bill that funds some "worker training" by cutting Medicare. The House overwhelmingly defeated this measure (called the Trade Adjustment Assistance) on June 12th, but then narrowly approved fast-track for the TPP anyway.

    Right now, fast track cannot move forward without Trade Adjustment Assistance. Corporate lobbyists are pushing members of Congress on both sides—hoping to line up most Republicans, and squeeze out enough Democrats—to vote again so that Fast Track can go through.

    Regardless of their party or current position, please call and send an e-mail to your member of Congress—urging them to vote no.

  • Thank You for Stopping Fast Track!

    In a historic move, the U.S. House of Representatives just voted to deny Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This victory for seniors and workers alike is a direct result of the hard work of Social Security Works members and our coalition partners.

    Please sign the card to all members of Congress who stood with us and voted to defeat Fast Track.

    To: Members of Congress who stood up against Fast Track

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    With nine declared Republicans running for President, the field of candidates calling for deep cuts to earned benefits continues to grow.

    Jeb Bush wants to raise the retirement age. Chris Christie wants to means test, raise the retirement age and cut disability insurance. Scott Walker is throwing around the word “bankrupt.” And Ted Cruz pines for the good ‘ol days when George W. Bush tried to privatize Social Security.

    Stand with Social Security Works in pledging to vote against any candidate who would cut our hard earned Social Security and Medicare benefits.

  • Support Independent Voices in the Media!

    We need more independent voices who are willing to take on big money and discuss the real issues affecting America.

  • Who Really Benefits From the TPP?

  • Support Independent Voices in the Media!

    We need more independent voices who are willing to take on big money and discuss the real issues affecting America.

  • Tell Congress to address the $7.7 trillion retirement income deficit

    With fewer and fewer employers offering traditional pension plans, and with Social Security cost of living adjustments not keeping up with retirees’ actual expenses, it is time for a retirement solution that ensures a basic standard of living for all retirees.

    Stand with the Pension Rights Center and Social Security Works in calling on our elected officials to address today’s retirement security crisis and ensure that no one retires in poverty.

    Tell Congress:

  • Tell Congress to address the $7.7 trillion retirement income deficit

    With fewer and fewer employers offering traditional pension plans, and with Social Security cost of living adjustments not keeping up with retirees’ actual expenses, it is time for a retirement solution that ensures a basic standard of living for all retirees.

    Stand with the Pension Rights Center and Social Security Works in calling on our elected officials to address today’s retirement security crisis and ensure that no one retires in poverty.

    Tell Congress:

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  • Reinventing Progressive Media

    Hear from two leaders in the progressive media market, RJ Eskow and David Pakman, about what the future of progressive radio looks like and sign-up for updates from The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow and The David Pakman Show today!

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  • Stop the sneak attack on Medicare.

    There is a trade agreement being negotiated behind closed doors that will have broad-reaching impacts on the American economy. Called Trans-Pacific Partnership—or TPP—this trade deal is set to be fast-tracked through Congress, before the American public has the chance to weigh in.Not only is there a risk to American jobs, but as currently written, the deal could raise Medicare prescription drug costs.

    But on Tuesday, something happened that no one expected: Thanks to the leadership of Senators Harry Reid, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders, the slowed down the progress of Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by blocking a key test vote.

    While this is a real victory for people-powered movements, a rotten compromise package has reared its head that would pay for worker re-training with $700 million in cuts to Medicare funding.

    Out of pocket health care costs already consume more than a third of the average Social Security check. If that amount increases, that’s just as bad as the cuts to our Social Security system that we’ve been fighting. The fact that health care costs have increased faster than Social Security’s cost of living adjustments just proves that Social Security needs to be expanded—not cut. And cuts to people with Medicare are effectively cuts to Social Security.

    Tell the Senate: Stop the sneak attack on Medicare!

  • Stop the sneak attack on Medicare.

    There is a trade agreement being negotiated behind closed doors that will have broad-reaching impacts on the American economy. Called Trans-Pacific Partnership—or TPP—this trade deal is set to be fast-tracked through Congress, before the American public has the chance to weigh in.Not only is there a risk to American jobs, but as currently written, the deal could raise Medicare prescription drug costs.

    But on Tuesday, something happened that no one expected: Thanks to the leadership of Senators Harry Reid, Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders, the slowed down the progress of Fast Track trade authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) by blocking a key test vote.

    While this is a real victory for people-powered movements, a rotten compromise package has reared its head that would pay for worker re-training with $700 million in cuts to Medicare funding.

    Out of pocket health care costs already consume more than a third of the average Social Security check. If that amount increases, that’s just as bad as the cuts to our Social Security system that we’ve been fighting. The fact that health care costs have increased faster than Social Security’s cost of living adjustments just proves that Social Security needs to be expanded—not cut. And cuts to people with Medicare are effectively cuts to Social Security.

    Tell the Senate: Stop the sneak attack on Medicare!

  • Subscribe to TalkPoverty Radio

    TalkPoverty radio is a new show focusing on poverty, a topic that impacts the vast majority of Americans but is all too often ignored by the mainstream media. 

  • ‘Raise the Wage’ and create a long-term solution to economic inequality and wage stagnation

    In 2014, the minimum wage was 24 percent below its 1968 level even though U.S. productivity more than doubled in that period. That’s a big problem for America’s low-wage workers—nearly 90 percent of whom are 20 years old or older, have some college experience (47 percent), and are supporting children (28 percent).

    The historically low minimum wage also hurts the businesses that serve these workers. And it contributes to the widespread wage stagnation that people across the political spectrum identify as the country’s key economic challenge.

    The “Raise the Wage Act” would:

    1. Raise the federal minimum wage to $12.00 by 2020 (by $0.75 to $8 an hour the first year, then by $1.00 a year for the next four years).
    2. Set automatic increases starting in 2021 to keep pace with rising wages overall (i.e., adjust the minimum wage to maintain a constant minimum wage–to–median wage ratio).
    3. Gradually phase out the subminimum wage for tipped workers, which has been frozen at $2.13 since 1991.
  • We need to know where everyone stands.

    In the Senate, 43 out of the 46 Democrats have endorsed expanding Social Security.

    In the House of Representatives, that number is 116 out of 188.

    And now, with Sen. Bernie Sanders formally announcing his run for President we have our first declared candidate for the Democratic nomination officially in favor of expanding Social Security. That means we have the support of 1 out of 2 so far, let's change that.

    We have been working together to keep the numbers in Congress going up—we need to keep the same pressure on every candidate that wants to be President. We need to make sure that expanding Social Security is a core Democratic plank—and that those who would cut benefits and services are the ones on the fringe.

    Call on all Democratic presidential candidates to make Social Security expansion a cornerstone of their campaign platforms.

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  • Stand with Bernie Sanders!

    It's time to scrap the cap and expand Social Security!

    At a time of massive wealth inequality, when 99% of all new income generated in this country goes to the top 1%, and when over half of the American people have less than $10,000 in savings, the last thing we should do is cut Social Security.

    The best way to extend the lifespan of the Social Security trust fund is to scrap the cap on taxable earnings. Today, a Wall Street CEO who makes $18 million a year pays the same into Social Security as someone earning $118,500. That's absurd. If we simply applied the payroll tax on income above $250,000, not only could we extend Social Security's solvency until 2065, we could also increase benefits to meet the elderly's higher living expenses.

    Stand with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Social Security Works in demanding that Congress scrap the cap and expand, not cut Social Security!

  • Stand with Bernie Sanders!

    It's time to scrap the cap and expand Social Security!

    At a time of massive wealth inequality, when 99% of all new income generated in this country goes to the top 1%, and when over half of the American people have less than $10,000 in savings, the last thing we should do is cut Social Security.

    The best way to extend the lifespan of the Social Security trust fund is to scrap the cap on taxable earnings. Today, a Wall Street CEO who makes $18 million a year pays the same into Social Security as someone earning $118,500. That's absurd. If we simply applied the payroll tax on income above $250,000, not only could we extend Social Security's solvency until 2065, we could also increase benefits to meet the elderly's higher living expenses.

    Stand with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and Social Security Works in demanding that Congress scrap the cap and expand, not cut Social Security!

  • Tell your members of Congress to vote “No!” on Fast Track before it’s too late.

    The Hatch/Wyden/Ryan Fast Track bill was introduced in Congress today; the threat is now very real.

    Fast Track was born in the 1970s when trade negotiations were mostly about quotas and tariffs. It wasn’t such a good idea then, and today it is an even worse idea.

    Here’s why: In addition to keeping Congress and the public in the dark, Fast Track was designed to create a special insider role for more than 500 corporate lobbyists who now function as official U.S. “trade advisers.”

    That means that when Fast Track is in place, lobbyists get to shape U.S. trade policy—not Congress, and not the American people. (We’re not even allowed to read the text of what’s being negotiated.)

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  • We need to know where everyone stands.

    Have you felt the shift within the Democratic Party? Not long ago, in fact as recently as 2013, many Democrats including President Obama indicated a willingness to cut Social Security benefits. But things are changing quickly in Washington. Just before Congress left on their holiday recess, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined forces with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to introduce a budget amendment to expand Social Security benefits for millions of Americans. And guess what? Expansion received support from 42 Senate Democrats. That’s over 90% of the Democratic caucus!

    Expanding and protecting Social Security is quickly becoming one of the hottest issues in the country and a mainstream Democratic plank. With Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton having announced her candidacy, and other Democrats potentially jumping into the race this month, it is time to get all Democratic presidential candidates on the record supporting expansion.

    Call on all Democratic presidential candidates to make Social Security expansion a cornerstone of their campaign platforms.

  • Governor Christie: We aren't fooled.

    Today, Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) is in New Hampshire announcing his intention to destroy Social Security and Medicare.

    Though Governor Christie has not yet declared himself a candidate for President, he is holding town halls in the state that holds the first-in-the-nation Presidential primary. His proposal today would raise retirement ages for Social Security and Medicare, along with dangerous means-testing cuts to Social Security benefits.

    The truth is that Social Security can keep paying its benefits in full and on time for the next 75 years if millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share. If we want to talk about making changes to our Social Security system, we should be improving it—not weakening it.

  • We need to know where everyone stands.

    Have you felt the shift within the Democratic Party? Not long ago, in fact as recently as 2013, many Democrats including President Obama indicated a willingness to cut Social Security benefits. But things are changing quickly in Washington. Just before Congress left on their holiday recess, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined forces with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) to introduce a budget amendment to expand Social Security benefits for millions of Americans. And guess what? Expansion received support from 42 Senate Democrats. That’s over 90% of the Democratic caucus!

    Expanding and protecting Social Security is quickly becoming one of the hottest issues in the country and a mainstream Democratic plank. With multiple Democrats, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, expected to announce their candidacy this month, it is time to get all Democratic presidential candidates on the record supporting expansion.

    Call on all Democratic presidential candidates to make Social Security expansion a cornerstone of their campaign platforms.

  • Support Independent Voices in the Media!

    We need more independent voices who are willing to take on big money and discuss the real issues affecting America.

  • Commute The Sentences Of All Non-Violent Federally Convicted Persons

    Whereas the federal government spends $30,000 a year to cage federal prisoners, and 60% of those incarcerated are doing time for non-violent offenses. 

    Whereas the criminal justice system disproportionately impacts low-income Americans, African Americans, and Hispanics. According to the Justice Policy Center, 71% of fathers in state prisons had incomes of less than $2000 in the month prior to arrest; 80% of women incarcerated report incomes of less than $2000 in the year before their arrest, and 90% report incomes of less than $10,000 in the year before their arrest.

    Whereas the current sentencing structure violates the 8th amendment, and represents cruel and unusual punishment, by forcing families into poverty upon the extraction of a relative for a harsh sentence. According to leading criminal psychologists, punishment does not reduce recidivism. Lost productivity of incarcerated men taken away from the workforce is estimated at $57-$65 billion dollars.

    Whereas BOP pays $7 billion dollars per year, for a prison system that is neither cost effective, nor does it reduce recidivism or enhance the safety and security communities in the nation.

    Community alternatives to imprisonment cost only a fraction of imprisonment. At Exodus Foundation.org, for example, it costs approximately $6,000 dollars to mentor a formerly incarcerated individual for one year. Recent studies in Chicago, clearly demonstrate that job programs for low income juvenile delinquents dramatically reduces risk of criminal behavior. Furthermore, other empirical studies report that high quality preschool, community involvement, and family counseling prevent the mental health problems that lead to crime.  Families of nonviolent federal prisoners are falling into abject poverty, as income earning loved ones are needlessly extracted to be cruelly punished in cages for nonviolent drug crimes.  Therefore, an application  for a commutation should not be required from individuals with sentences known to be unjust.    The U.S. releases 750,000 inmates annually who have completed their sentences.  More can be released.  The BOP has sentencing data on all its inmates.  It is able to identify those who were sentenced for nonviolent offenses.  Furthermore, the BOP will save $240 million by releasing 8000 or more citizens behind the walls as identified by Eric Holder as eligible for clemency in his Smart on Crime Initiative. 

    We therefore kindly and humbly request the release of all nonviolent federally convicted persons with deliberate speed, including those whose crimes may have been wrongfully classified as violent or those who were over charged during the plea bargaining process.

    The gentleman in the picture is Kevin Washington.  He is doing a life sentence after a third strike. He had less than 3oz of cocaine.

    Dr. Madeline McClenney-Sadler, Ph.D
    President/Founder of ExodusFoundation.org

  • Overturn Citizens United!

    If we want to live in a democracy, rather than a corporate-controlled oligarchy, we must end this hijacking of government now.  

    Tell our Leaders: The American People Demand that you Overturn Citizens United and get money out of politics through a process of publicly-funded elections.

  • Don't mess with Social Security

     Remember the Bowles-Simpson plan? 

    It was the proposal–later rejected
    from the co-chairs of the Fiscal Commission, which attempted to cut Social Security and Medicare while also cutting taxes for wealthy Americans. And guess what? Members of Congress are trying to bring it back right now. Just yesterday, Senator Lindsey Graham said he was working with a group of Senators to introduce legislation that would constitute a “mini-Bowles-Simpson.”

    This is what we’ve been warning you about—tell your representatives in Washington that the Bowles-Simpson plan should stay dead, because our Social Security system needs to be expanded, not cut.

    Your message will read:

  • Free Political Prisoner Don Siegelman

    The right to due process – a civil right – is at the heart of the civil rights movement being celebrated in Selma this week. 113 Attorney Generals across the country have argued that Governor Siegelman never committed any crime. Much of President Obama’s foreign policy and public image is based on the concept of spreading human rights abroad; it's time we practice them at home.

    Tell President Obama to Free Don Siegelman Now!

  • End the GOP War on the Disabled

    On Day One of the new Congress, the GOP manufactured a crisis. Republicans invented a new rule which makes it much more difficult to restore the Social Security disability insurance trust fund at the end of the year - even though failure to do so would result in an immediate 20% cut in benefits for disabled Americans.

    Tell your member of Congress: We need to expand our Social Security System, NOT cut benefits for millions of disabled Americans.

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  • We are united behind Social Security

    Make no mistake, the Congressional majority’s strategy for 2015 is to threaten millions of Americans in order to ram through deeply unpopular cuts to our Social Security system. This cynical divide-and-conquer strategy continues in the form of a hearing in the House of Representatives. They are putting into action their plan to cut Social Security disability insurance for 11 million Americans, including more than 1 million veterans and 3 million children starting in 2016.

    Since the first day of the 114th Congress, we’ve seen House and Senate Republicans in lock step trying to pit Social Security recipients against each other. They think that by pitting young against old and retirees against disabled workers, they can force cuts to Social Security through their phony, manufactured crisis. We know that attempts to divide the Social Security system are nothing more than attempts to take the system apart brick by brick.

  • Expand, Don't Cut Social Security

    Next week, the Senate Budget committee is holding its first hearing on Social Security benefits. This hearing marks the starting point in the Republican plan to cut our earned benefits.

    Republicans are offering the American people a false choice. They claim that the only way to avoid future Social Security cuts is to cut benefits now.

    But the American people know the real story about Social Security. Social Security is not going broke. That it has a $2.8 trillion surplus, can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 18 years and 80 percent of benefits owed after that, and when we finally ask the very wealthy to start paying their fair share, we can not only extend the life of the Social Security trust fund, we can afford to expand benefits for the majority of Americans.

    Send them a message:

  • Millionaires must pay their fair share

    On Tuesday, February 10th, the top one percent of income earners in America will stop paying into Social Security. This is because, right now, only the first $118,500 of a wage earner’s income is subject to the payroll tax that funds Social Security.

     

    When millionaires and billionaires start paying into Social Security at the same rate as the rest of us, we can not only extend the lifespan of the Social Security trust fund, we can afford to increase benefits for the majority of Americans.

  • Millionaires must pay their fair share

    On Tuesday, February 10th, the top one percent of income earners in America will stop paying into Social Security. This is because, right now, only the first $118,500 of a wage earner’s income is subject to the payroll tax that funds Social Security.

     

    When millionaires and billionaires start paying into Social Security at the same rate as the rest of us, we can not only extend the lifespan of the Social Security trust fund, we can afford to increase benefits for the majority of Americans.

  • Expand, Don't Cut Social Security

    Next week, the Senate Budget committee is holding its first hearing on Social Security benefits. This hearing marks the starting point in the Republican plan to cut our earned benefits.

    Republicans are offering the American people a false choice. They claim that the only way to avoid future Social Security cuts is to cut benefits now.

    But the American people know the real story about Social Security. Social Security is not going broke. That it has a $2.8 trillion surplus, can pay out every benefit owed to every eligible American for the next 18 years and 80 percent of benefits owed after that, and when we finally ask the very wealthy to start paying their fair share, we can not only extend the life of the Social Security trust fund, we can afford to expand benefits for the majority of Americans.

    Send them a message:

  • Tell Congress: End the Massive Inheritance Loophole for the Top 0.1%

    The stepped up basis tax loophole allows millionaires and billionaires to reap massive profits in the stock market and pass them on to their descendants - without ever paying a penny in taxes. 

    Sign our petition to Congress demanding that they close this unjust loophole now

  • Support Independent Voices in the Media!

    We need more independent voices who are willing to take on big money and discuss the real issues affecting America.

  • Make it easy for new-to-Medicare people

    Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 and become Medicare-eligible. But enrolling in Medicare is very complicated, especially for people who are still working. All too often, people new-to-Medicare make costly mistakes.

    Despite the diversity of circumstances among newly eligible Medicare beneficiaries, the transition traps they fall into are very much the same and can be addressed through notification and education prior to turning age 65.

    If Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) don’t do more to support people new-to-Medicare, newly enrolled Medicare beneficiaries may face lifetime late enrollment penalties, higher health care costs, gaps in coverage and disruptions in their care.

    Stand with Social Security Works and the Medicare Rights Center in supporting Baby Boomers and future generations today.

  • ERA Virginia

    On Tuesday, January 27th, the Privileges and Elections Committee voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment bringing us one step closer to full ratification.

    The Equal Rights Amendment would provide a path to reliable economic security for both women and men by guaranteeing that equal pay for equal work is enshrined in the United States Constitution. We need the Equal Rights Amendment to lift women and families out of poverty and promote household stability. This is a civil rights issue!

    Without the Equal Rights Amendment laws like Lily Ledbetter and the Pay Equity Act have no teeth. There is nothing in the United States Constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex so these piecemeal laws have no judicial standing.

    "Every Constitution written since the end of World War II includes a provision that men and women are citizens of equal stature. Ours does not." -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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  • The New Paul Ryan is out to cut Social Security

    Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), who now sits in Paul Ryan’s old Budget Committee chair, is going even further about his plans for Social Security. When speaking at a conservative conference earlier this week, Price said:

    Whether it’s means testing, whether it’s increasing the age of eligibility …. whether it’s providing much greater choices for individuals to voluntarily select the kind of manner in which they believe they ought to be able to invest their working dollars as they go through their lifetime. All those things ought to be on the table and discussed.

    Raising the retirement age? Cutting middle class benefits and gambling them on Wall Street? That’s unacceptable. We can’t let Chairman Price and his Republican colleagues turn retirement into a luxury for the super-rich.

    We can't let him get away with this. Send your message to Chairman Price now:

  • From Day One: The GOP House's Sneak Attack on Social Security

    Social Security isn’t a hostage or a bargaining chip. It is a universal system based on the principle that we are stronger together. The new rule introduced in the House today seeks to divide us and dismantle our Social Security system. They seek to turn young against old by falsely claiming that too much is being spent on the old. This time they seek to drive a wedge between retired workers and disabled workers by claiming that reallocation helps the disabled at the expense of retirees – another preposterous claim. All of these divide-and-conquer strategies are intended to turn Americans against each other so that all of our benefits can be cut.

    This is no way for elected officials to treat their constituents when they are supposed to be the servants of the people. Hostage-taking to force changes that the American people do not want to a vital program like Social Security is no way to run the United States of America.

    Tell Congress:

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  • Free Rev. Pinkney

    Attorney General of the United States Eric H. Holder
    The honorable Representative John Conyers of Michigan
    The honorable Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont

    The following signatories request that you bring the power of your offices to bear in the case of Reverend Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan, who we believe has been wrongly accused, tried and convicted of crimes that he did not commit.

    Reverend Pinkney is a founding member of BANCO, the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization, of Benton Harbor Michigan, and is arguably the loudest, most outspoken activist in his community. His organization holds spirited rallies and takes direct political action against what they claim is rampant government-corporate collusion, police corruption, economic injustice, and a discriminatory plan for gentrification of the city.

  • Rein in prescription drug costs!



    Americans pay more for prescription drugs than any other wealthy nation. 

    Neither the insurance companies nor other middlemen have the leverage to rein in prices adequately. That’s why Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Elijah Cummings have introduced legislation that would rein in the prices Medicaid pays for prescription drugs. They need your support—add your name today!

  • Support Independent Voices in the Media!

    In the age of corporate bought media, we need more independent voices who are willing to take on big money and discuss the real issues effecting America.

  • No More Wall Street Appointees

    President Obama recently nominated Antonio Weiss to be Under Secretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance. Mr. Weiss’ nomination continues the dangerous trend of appointing Wall Street to senior economic positions within the Obama Administration.


    Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has come out in strong opposition to Mr. Weiss’ nomination, and they've been attacking her mercilessly for it. We need the President to know that we stand with Senator Warren, and Sen. Warren needs to know that we stand with her.

    Sign our petition to President Obama demanding the he stop appointing Wall Street bankers to these key positions.

  • Support Sherrod Brown's Strengthening Social Security Act

    Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), just announced that next month he will be introducing Social Security expansion legislation when the new Congress convenes in 2015.

    Brown will reintroduce the Strengthening Social Security Act – championed by U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) who will retire at the end of the month. The bill would extend the solvency of the Social Security Trust Fund, which nearly two in three Americans rely on for at least half of their income in old age.

    “I could not be more pleased that Senator Brown has decided to champion this legislation in the next Congress. Senator Brown’s commitment to Social Security is unrivaled, and seniors should be thrilled to have an ally like Senator Brown on their side,” said Harkin. “Social Security is the most successful government program in our nation’s history and this legislation will make it even stronger for generations to come.” Now is the time to build support for Senator Brown’s bill and to ask every member of the U.S. Senate to sign-on as a co-sponsor.

    With incoming Republican majorities in both bodies of Congress, 2015 is going to be a fight. And Social Security Works refuses to take steps backwards. We must stay on offense and demand that all members of Congress stand with the American people and stand with Senator Brown to expand Social Security. We need a strong show of support to ensure that when Senator Brown introduces the bill in January, he has more co-sponsors than Senator Harkin's bill had last year.

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  • The Truth Behind the Rosy Jobs Numbers

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  • Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment!

    The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) in a proposed United States Constitutional amendment that would provide a path to economic security for both women and men by guaranteeing that equal pay for equal work is enshrined in the United States Constitution. Women, their families and children need the ERA to be able to lift themselves out of poverty. We need the ERA to promote household stability. This is an economic issue!

    Without the ERA laws like the Lily Ledbetter Act and the Pay Equity Act have no teeth, because there is nothing in the US Constitution that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. In fact, every constitution written since the end of World War II includes a provision that men and women are equal citizen. America is one of the few industrialized nations that has not yet recognized women as equals. This is a civil rights issue!

    We need the ERA. Federal and state laws do not and cannot fully protect equal rights for women and girls, and in some cases men and boys. This is because discrimination on account of sex is not barred by the US Constitution. Antonin Scalia, Betty Ford, Patricia Ireland, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter have all asserted that the ERA is necessary for the protection of equal rights. This is a human rights issue!

    While there is an ERA clause in the Illinois Constitution, many states do not have similar protections. Therefore, Illinois is holding equality for the American people hostage by not voting YES to ratify the ERA. With only three more states needed, Illinois can lead the charge to complete the work on this important amendment. This is a fairness issue!

    Join us as we call on Illinois General Assembly members to show up on Thursday, November 20, 2014 and vote YES to ratify the ERA. This is the time to address this issue!

  • Now is the time to EXPAND Social Security

     Republicans and Wall Street front groups are coming for our earned benefits.

    Tell politicians in Washington, DC, to stand strong against any compromise that includes cuts to Social Security. Tell them that winning in 2016 depends on their strength in opposing cuts and fighting to expand Social Security benefits.

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    On Tuesday, November 18 from 9:30am-12:30pm Social Security Works along with the American Federation of Government Employees will be hosting a Forum on the Future of the Social Security Administration at the Capitol Visitor's Center (SVC 201-00). Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) will be the keynote speaker at this Forum.

    Senator Mikulski has signed legislation supporting field offices (S. 2742), and has utilized her position as Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee to stand up in support of protecting and strengthening the benefits earned by the American people, and she will continue to advocate for these benefits as a leader who is highly respected in the Senate.

    Please join us in thanking Senator Mikulski for her support of our Social Security system by sending her an email below.

  • Tell Democrats: It's Time to Embrace Expanding Social Security

    No matter what form it comes in (a concession in budget negotiations, a so called “grand bargain” to reform earned benefits, or as a way to avoid another government shutdown), we know what is coming.

    Republicans and Wall Street front groups are coming for our earned benefits.

    Tell Democrats in Washington to stand strong against any compromise that includes cuts to Social Security. Tell them that winning in 2016 depends on their strength in opposing cuts and fighting to expand Social Security benefits.

    Tell Washington Democrats that expanding Social Security is not only excellent policy, it is excellent politics. And when they stand with us, we’ll fight for them.

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  • Now Is the Time to Expand Social Security

    No matter what form it comes in (a concession in budget negotiations, a so called “grand bargain” to reform earned benefits, or as a way to avoid another government shutdown), we know what is coming.

    Republicans and Wall Street front groups are coming for our earned benefits.

    Tell Democrats in Washington to stand strong against any compromise that includes cuts to Social Security. Tell them that winning in 2016 depends on their strength in opposing cuts and fighting to expand Social Security benefits.

    Tell Washington Democrats that expanding Social Security is not only excellent policy, it is excellent politics. And when they stand with us, we’ll fight for them.

  • 2014 Paradox: Progressive Ideas Win, Democrats Lose

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  • Caregivers Count!

    Rep. Nita Lowey recently introduced the The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2014 (HR 5024). This bill acknowledges the work of caregivers nationwide by ensuring that our Social Security system finally recognizes the work of caregivers when calculating earned benefits over a lifetime of work.

    Because the majority of caregivers are women, this is a key opportunity to expand both women’s economic security and to expand Social Security!

    Stand with Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), the National Organization for Women and partners in supporting The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2014 (HR 5024).

  • Quit Playing Games with Social Security

    Americans came together to create the Social Security system to provide a basic, reliable foundation for retirement and disability. Closing field offices and making it more difficult to access benefits information is an attempt to dismantle that foundation. It’s time to stop it.

    Tell Congress: Quit playing games with the Social Security Administration. Re-open the field offices that were closed in 2014!

  • Mitch McConnell: Eager to Destroy Our Social Security System

    Mitch McConnell has reminded the American people that he was one of the biggest champions of George Bush's plan to privatize Social Security and give our retirement money to Wall Street- and he's chomping at the bit for another chance. Take a listen:

    Mitch McConnell needs to hear—loudly—that the American people rejected Social Security privatization a decade ago, and they won’t stand for it now.

  • On Very Serious People

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  • On Very Serious People

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  • Exposing the Corrupt Governors Privatizing Our Public Services

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  • Exposing the Corrupt Governors Privatizing Our Public Services

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  • Stop the Closing of Social Security Offices!

    80 offices and 500 contact stations have already been closed in the last 3 years, and the Social Security Administration is planning more closures. At a time when more Americans rely on our Social Security system, we should be hiring more front-line staff, not closing offices and reducing service.

  • Michigan Needs You!

    The Michigan Senate race is crucial to keeping the Social Security safe in the Senate. Rep. Gary Peters will fight to keep the retirement security we have earned by strengthening and protecting Social Security and Medicare, and not giving billionaires and Wall Street tax breaks to ship jobs overseas. But Peters’ Republican opponent, Terri Lynn Land, would end Medicare’s guaranteed benefits and turn Medicare into a voucher program, taking away the retirement security seniors and retirees have earned.

  • Wisconsin Needs You!

    An Alliance staff member in your state will follow up with you about opportunities to volunteer. We need people to contact people in their community, knock on doors, and more!

    The Alliance endorses champions for issues that are important to retirees, like protecting and expanding Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. For Wisconsin Governor, they have endorsed Mary Burke.

    • Mary Burke is a 4th generation Wisconsinite and businesswoman who is uniquely qualified to lead Wisconsin.
    • Mary supports the Senior Care model that provides seniors in Wisconsin with funding for their prescription drugs. It’s just one part of her plan to make health care more affordable and accessible to Wisconsin families.

    We cannot allow things to continue in this state the way that they have been under the current governor, Scott Walker, the last few years.

    • In 2011, Scott Walker signed into law a notorious bill that eliminates the collective bargaining rights for public workers in Wisconsin. It was a signing that took place after months of protests.
    • He also has not accepted Medicaid expansion, which would provide health coverage to 35,000 – 50,000 more people statewide.

    That is why this is so important. That’s why we need your help. Click here to sign up to volunteer in Wisconsin with the Alliance.

  • Stand With Bernie Sanders and Social Security!

    If Democrats are going to maintain control of the U.S. Senate this November, they must take a strong stance in favor of expanding Social Security, which has a huge impact on the lives of tens of millions of Americans.

    Recent polling shows that 79% of likely voters – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – favor increasing Social Security benefits and paying for it by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.

    Stand with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and tell all U.S. Senate candidates:

  • Stand With Bernie Sanders and Social Security!

    If Democrats are going to maintain control of the U.S. Senate this November, they must take a strong stance in favor of expanding Social Security, which has a huge impact on the lives of tens of millions of Americans.

    Recent polling shows that 79% of likely voters – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – favor increasing Social Security benefits and paying for it by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.

    Stand with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and tell all U.S. Senate candidates:

  • Stand With Bernie Sanders and Social Security!

    If Democrats are going to maintain control of the U.S. Senate this November, they must take a strong stance in favor of expanding Social Security, which has a huge impact on the lives of tens of millions of Americans.

    Recent polling shows that 79% of likely voters – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – favor increasing Social Security benefits and paying for it by asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.

    Stand with U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and tell all U.S. Senate candidates:

  • Populism Rising in the 2014 Midterms

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  • Caregivers Count!

    Rep. Nita Lowey recently introduced the The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2014 (HR 5024). This bill acknowledges the work of caregivers nationwide by ensuring that our Social Security system finally recognizes the work of caregivers when calculating earned benefits over a lifetime of work.

    Because the majority of caregivers are women, this is a key opportunity to expand both women’s economic security and to expand Social Security!

    Stand with Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) and our partners in supporting The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2014 (HR 5024).

  • Caregivers Count!

    Rep. Nita Lowey recently introduced the The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2014 (HR 5024). This bill acknowledges the work of caregivers nationwide by ensuring that our Social Security system finally recognizes the work of caregivers when calculating earned benefits over a lifetime of work.

    Because the majority of caregivers are women, this is a key opportunity to expand both women’s economic security and to expand Social Security!

    Stand with Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Social Security Works and partners in supporting The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2014 (HR 5024).

  • Caregivers Count!

    Rep. Nita Lowey recently introduced the The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2014 (HR 5024). This bill acknowledges the work of caregivers nationwide by ensuring that our Social Security system finally recognizes the work of caregivers when calculating earned benefits over a lifetime of work.

    Because the majority of caregivers are women, this is a key opportunity to expand both women’s economic security and to expand Social Security!

    Stand with Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), Center for Community Change Action and partners in supporting The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2014 (HR 5024).

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  • 79% of Americans agree!

    Social Security Works has released new polling data that shows tremendous support among likely voters for expanding Social Security benefits in a national sample.

    The polls demonstrate support across red, blue and purple states and among Independents, Republicans and Democrats. This polling also shows potential huge benefits and perilous risks for candidates on Social Security.

    We need to put this poll in front of as many members of Congress as possible--can you send it to your Member of Congress & Senators today?

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    We need to support independent voices in media, without your help stories like on the ground reporting from Ferugson, MO or chained CPI Social Security cuts won't get told.

  • Sign this petition to Congress: it's time to expand Social Security!

  • Opposing cuts to Social Security and supporting expansion is a winning combination!

     The petition to all congressional candidates reads:

  • Expand Social Security Now!

     

  • Help stop future Social Security office closures!

    Over 100,000 people have signed our petition to expand, not close Social Security offices, and Senator Schumer’s new bill is a direct result of your hard work.

    Join Social Security Works and our partners in supporting S.2742 – a bill, which would require any future office closures to first go through a public review period to ensure that local communities can stand up for their field offices.

    While our ultimate goal is to expand services for Social Security recipients, stopping future office closures is a critical first step. Sign the petition today!

  • We can't afford to cut Social Security

    As we prepare to celebrate Social Security’s 79th birthday this week, the message that we need to expand Social Security benefits has a wind at its back. Senate candidates in Alaska, Iowa, Hawaii and Maine are making protecting and expanding Social Security benefits central to their campaigns.

    But several Republicans haven’t gotten the message: Americans have paid into a system that they depend on. And we can’t afford to cut it.

    “Our first goal of reform must be to make it easier for people to work longer,” wrote Senator Marco Rubio after the 2014 Trustees Report was released. We should “gradually increase the retirement age,” Senator Rubio continued—even though life expectancy averages are only growing because the rich are living longer.

    And Joni Ernst, the Republican trying to become Iowa's next Senator, has endorsed privatization—even though Americans have rejected that idea time and again.

    Sign the petition and send Congress this message:

  • Expand, don’t close Social Security offices!

     80 offices and 500 contact stations have already been closed in the last 3 years, and the Social Security Administration is planning more closures. At a time when more Americans rely on our Social Security system, we should be hiring more front-line staff, not closing offices and reducing service.

    Sign our petition today!

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  • Expand, don’t close Social Security offices!

    80 offices and 500 contact stations have already been closed in the last 3 years, and the Social Security Administration is planning more closures. At a time when more Americans rely on our Social Security system, we should be hiring more front-line staff, not closing offices and reducing service.

    Sign our petition today!

  • Expand, don’t close Social Security offices!

     80 offices and 500 contact stations have already been closed in the last 3 years, and the Social Security Administration is planning more closures. At a time when more Americans rely on our Social Security system, we should be hiring more front-line staff, not closing offices and reducing service.

    Sign our petition today!

  • Equal Pay is good for women & good for Social Security

    Women remain at a disadvantage when it comes to receiving equal pay for equal work. This was absurd in the 1960’s, and is beyond absurd in 2014. This inequity puts women behind on earnings for their whole careers—and since Social Security benefits reflect one’s earnings, it means that women fall behind there, too. This isn’t fair, and it’s time to address this disparity at its root—by closing the gender pay gap.

    The Paycheck Fairness Act, sponsored by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) closes loopholes in the 51-year-old Equal Pay Act and strengthens protections for women who believe they are being discriminated against. A truly equal workforce would also strengthen Social Security’s finances, since most of the additional income would be subject to FICA contributions. Some studies suggest that equal pay for equal work would reduce Social Security’s projected long-term shortfall by one-third!

    Tell Congress that the Paycheck Fairness Act is good for women, good for Social Security and good for America! 

  • Support the SAME Act!

    Our Social Security system is one of the most popular programs we’ve built as Americans. The reason it is universally beloved is that its benefits are also universal. No matter who you are, or where you come from, Social Security is there for everyone in retirement, or for their children and spouse in the event of death. There’s just one problem: Some states don’t recognize every marriage. That’s why Senator Patty Murray and Senator Mark Udall have introduced the Social Security and Marriage Equality Act of 2014. And it has already attracted bipartisan support!

    Contact your members of Congress and urge them to co-sponsor the Social Security and Marriage Equality act of 2014!

  • Quit Playing Games with Social Security

    Americans came together to create the Social Security system to provide a basic, reliable foundation for retirement and disability. Closing field offices and making it more difficult to access benefits information is an attempt to dismantle that foundation. It’s time to stop it.

    Tell Congress: Quit playing games with the Social Security Administration. Re-open the field offices that were closed in 2014!

  • Give Social Security a RAISE!

    Republicans and Wall Street billionaires can no longer claim that Social Security expansion is a fringe issue. With Democratic leadership behind this bill, it is clear that more and more politicians are standing with the American people.

    The RAISE Act would:

    • Enhance benefits for divorced spouses who were married less than ten years
    • Enhance benefits for widows and widowers by establishing insured status as retired workers, and creating an alternative benefit to reflect the survivor’s own worker benefit and the Primary Insurance Amount (PIA) of the deceased spouse.
    • Extend benefit eligibility for children of retired, disabled or deceased workers if the child is in high school, college or vocational school

     

  • Raise the Minimum Wage!

    Over the last four decades, income inequality has been eating away at the American social fabric. It is a core American value that those who work hard and play by the rules not be left to live or retire in poverty. 

    In recent years, 95% of all new income in America has gone to the top 1%. And, at the same time, workers’ wages have been stagnant. This unequal growth in wages is responsible for one-third of Social Security’s projected long-term funding shortfall. 

    Join us in calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage and strengthen our Social Security system. Tell the Republicans in the House to stop standing in the way of a fair wage for workers!

  • Raise the Minimum Wage!

    Over the last four decades, income inequality has been eating away at the American social fabric. It is a core American value that those who work hard and play by the rules not be left to live or retire in poverty. 

    In recent years, 95% of all new income in America has gone to the top 1%. And, at the same time, workers’ wages have been stagnant. This unequal growth in wages is responsible for one-third of Social Security’s projected long-term funding shortfall. 

    Join us in calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage and strengthen our Social Security system. Tell the Republicans in the House to stop standing in the way of a fair wage for workers!

  • Smart changes to Medicare

    Medicare Rights CenterMedicare is better at containing rising health care costs than private insurance, while at the same time delivering quality care. Still, some in Washington continue to demand cuts to Medicare benefits.

    We can bring down the cost of prescription drugs for people with Medicare in a few different ways:

    • Restore Medicare prescription drug rebates that ended when Medicare Part D was created. The Medicare Modernization Act, which created Medicare Part D, severely limited the government’s ability to control the prices it paid for prescription drugs. Reinstating this discount would save an estimated $141.2 billion over 10 years.
    • Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices for a public Part D option. Both the Veteran’s Administration and Medicaid directly negotiate on prescription drug prices, but Medicare is expressly prohibited from participating in the same negotiations. This proposal has the potential to save up to $20 billion over 10 years.
    • Close the Medicare Part D doughnut hole sooner. The Part D doughnut hole poses significant financial and health risks to people with Medicare. The Affordable Care Act gradually closes this coverage gap, but it should be closed sooner, which would not only make the drugs more affordable, it will save an estimated $16.6 billion over 10 years.
    • Promote cost-effective prescribing for Part B prescription drugs. Medicare Part B covers many drugs that treat cancer, macular degeneration, anemia and arthritis. In general, these drugs are very costly both for the Medicare program and for beneficiaries. The Medicare program could save considerably if policies were in place to encourage the use of less expensive—but equally effective—alternatives to the highest cost drugs.
  • Smart changes to Medicare

    Medicare is better at containing rising health care costs than private insurance, while at the same time delivering quality care. Still, some in Washington continue to demand cuts to Medicare that would be devastating to people who depend on it.

    We can bring down the cost of prescription drugs for people with Medicare in a few different ways:

    • Restore Medicare prescription drug rebates that ended when Medicare Part D was created. The Medicare Modernization Act, which created Medicare Part D, severely limited the government’s ability to control the prices it paid for prescription drugs. Reinstating this discount would save an estimated $141.2 billion over 10 years.
    • Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices for a public Part D option. Both the Veteran’s Administration and Medicaid directly negotiate on prescription drug prices, but Medicare is expressly prohibited from participating in the same negotiations. This proposal has the potential to save up to $20 billion over 10 years.
    • Close the Medicare Part D doughnut hole sooner. The Part D doughnut hole poses significant financial and health risks to people with Medicare. The Affordable Care Act gradually closes this coverage gap, but it should be closed sooner, which would not only make the drugs more affordable, it will save an estimated $16.6 billion over 10 years.
    • Promote cost-effective prescribing for Part B prescription drugs. Medicare Part B covers many drugs that treat cancer, macular degeneration, anemia and arthritis. In general, these drugs are very costly both for the Medicare program and for beneficiaries. The Medicare program could save considerably if policies were in place to encourage the use of less expensive—but equally effective—alternatives to the highest cost drugs.
  • Demand Congress pass the SAME Act

    Right now, Social Security benefits are not being provided to all same-sex married couples. But with the introduction of the Social Security and Marriage Equality Act (SAME Act), we have an opportunity to address this blatant discrimination.

    Join us in calling on the U.S House to pass the SAME Act today!

  • Demand Congress pass the SAME Act

    Right now, Social Security benefits are not being provided to all same-sex married couples. But with the introduction of the Social Security and Marriage Equality Act (SAME Act), we have an opportunity to address this blatant discrimination.

    Join us in calling on the U.S House to pass the SAME Act today!

  • Raise the Minimum Wage!

    Over the last four decades, income inequality has been eating away at the American social fabric. It is a core American value that those who work hard and play by the rules not be left to live or retire in poverty. And, while this issue is vitally important to the approximately 28 million workers who would benefit from a wage increase, this inequality has been eating away at the finances upholding our Social Security system.

    In recent years, 95% of all new income in America has gone to the top 1%. And, at the same time, workers’ wages have been stagnant. This unequal growth in wages is responsible for one-third of Social Security’s projected long-term funding shortfall. You and I know that all it really takes to extend the life of Social Security is to ask the wealthy to start paying their fair share of taxes. Raising the minimum wage wouldn't replace that goal—but it would undoubtedly be a good start.

    Join us in calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage and strengthen our Social Security system!

  • Raise the Minimum Wage!

    Over the last four decades, income inequality has been eating away at the American social fabric. It is a core American value that those who work hard and play by the rules not be left to live or retire in poverty. And, while this issue is vitally important to the approximately 28 million workers who would benefit from a wage increase, this inequality has been eating away at the finances upholding our Social Security system.

    In recent years, 95% of all new income in America has gone to the top 1%. And, at the same time, workers’ wages have been stagnant. This unequal growth in wages is responsible for one-third of Social Security’s projected long-term funding shortfall. You and I know that all it really takes to extend the life of Social Security is to ask the wealthy to start paying their fair share of taxes. Raising the minimum wage wouldn't replace that goal—but it would undoubtedly be a good start.

    Join us in calling on Congress to raise the minimum wage and strengthen our Social Security system!

  • Sign the petition: Tell Democratic holdouts to support increasing Social Security benefits

    Some very serious people in Washington D.C. are advising Democrats to cut Social Security. But as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said: “the serious people are seriously out of touch.”

    The serious people are also losing support, and fast, too. In less than two years, roughly half of all Democrats in Congress have endorsed expanding Social Security benefits instead of cutting them.

    One avenue to expanding Social security is H.R. 3118, the Strengthening Social Security Act, which would modestly increase benefits and keep the program solvent by removing the income cap on Social Security taxes that unfairly protects the wealthy from paying their fair share.

    As of last week, more than half of all Democrats in the House of Representatives have gone on the record in support of the Strengthening Social Security Act, because it is good policy and smart politics for the Democratic Party. Now, it is time for the rest to sign on.

    Join Daily Kos and Social Security Works in urging the House Democrats who have not endorsed the Strengthen Social Security Act that it is time to expand Social Security, not cut it.

  • Everyone should pay into Social Security at the same rate

    The average member of the 1% of wage earners won’t pay into our Social Security system for the last seven months out of the year. Even while Paul Ryan’s new budget proposes new tax cuts for these millionaires and billionaires, they don’t even pay Social Security taxes for the whole year.

    Tell Congress: Now is the time to make millionaires and billionaires pay the same rate as the rest of us into Social Security.

  • Everyone should pay into Social Security at the same rate

    The average member of the 1% of wage earners won’t pay into our Social Security system for the last seven months out of the year. Even while Paul Ryan’s new budget proposes new tax cuts for these millionaires and billionaires, they don’t even pay Social Security taxes for the whole year.

    Tell Congress: Now is the time to make millionaires and billionaires pay the same rate as the rest of us into Social Security.

  • Paul Ryan's Budget Will Leave Us All Worse Off

    Representative Paul Ryan released his annual budget on this morning, and it reads like a terrible April Fool’s joke. Of course, it’s not—these are the same terrible ideas he’s proposed every year since becoming budget chairman in 2011. Rep. Ryan’s plan protects tax breaks for the very rich and actually lowers taxes for corporations. It contains $4 trillion in cuts to programs that protect Americans who can least afford cuts. Medicare is privatized. Food stamps, college aid, support for schools, Head Start, child nutrition programs are savaged. And it creates a process designed to ensure Social Security cuts in the near future.

    Rep. Ryan’s budget will increase inequality and misery, while slowing growth and costing jobs. And because the House of Representatives is packed with people who have already voted twice to privatize Medicare, it could pass.

    The values expressed in this budget are shameful. The only people who would find themselves better off under Rep. Ryan’s plan are the ones who are already doing great. Your member of Congress should condemn its values and priorities forcefully. Fortunately, there’s another choice that would leave the rest of us better off, too: The Better Off Budget.

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Better Off Budget invests to put people back to work. In the first year, it will create nearly 7 million American jobs repairing our aging roads and bridges, and putting teachers, cops and firefighters back to work. And, separate from the budget, it endorses expanding our Social Security system and increasing benefits for everyone by about $800 per year. The Better Off Budget strengthens Medicare and Medicaid and provides high quality, low-cost medical coverage to millions of Americans when they need it most.

    It’s an easy choice: Paul Ryan’s pessimistic budget, preserving prosperity of the very few who already enjoy it, or the CPC’s plan to leave us all better off.

  • Make 2014 the Year of Social Security Expansion

    Our Social Security system has been under attack for far too long. We can't stay on the defensive while enemies of Social Security tirelessly seek to cut it. That's why we're making 2014 the year of Social Security expansion. Legislation doing just that has now been introduced and is co-sponsored in the Senate by 4 Senators and co-sponsored or endorsed by 98 members of the House of Representatives.

    Sign our petition calling on the U.S. Senate to support S.567, which would strengthen Social Security the right way!

  • MSNBC: We demand consequences for false attcks on Social Security

    On Thursday, March 13, 2014, MSNBC personailty Abby Huntsman spoke on “The Cycle” about the need to cut Social Security benefits in order to preserve them for future generations

    Over 100,000 asked that MSNBC issue an on-air correction to Huntsman’s segment and that Richard Eskow and Richard Fowler be invited on “The Cycle” to refute her claims. Eskow and Fowler recently co-authored a rebuttal to Huntsman, published in the Huffington Post. (link)

    In the segment, Huntsman offers flawed average life expectancy data as evidence that Social Security is unsustainable.  She claims that our choices are to either cut Social Security benefits by as much as 20% or raise the retirement age to 75, or have “nothing left” for her generation.

    All of this is flat wrong.  Today, Social Security can pay out 100% of promised benefits through 2033 and 75% of promised benefits through 2087, importantly 75% of promised benefits in 2033 would still be higher than benefits are today. The simplest solution to the problem Huntsman exaggerates is to ask millionaires and billionaires to pay into Social Security at the same rate as the rest of us.

    After receiving criticism from Social Security Works, the LA Times' Michael Hiltzik and others, Huntsman returned to the show to dismiss those who pointed out the inaccuracies.

  • MSNBC: Issue an on-air correction to Huntsman’s false attcks on Social Security

    On Thursday, March 13, 2014, MSNBC personailty Abby Huntsman spoke on “The Cycle” about the need to cut Social Security benefits in order to preserve them for future generations.


    We ask that MSNBC issue an on-air correction to Huntsman’s segment and that Richard Eskow and Richard Fowler be invited on “The Cycle” to refute her claims. Eskow and Fowler recently co-authored a rebuttal to Huntsman, published this weekend in the Huffington Post. (link)

     

    In the segment, Huntsman offers flawed average life expectancy data as evidence that Social Security is unsustainable.  She claims that our choices are to either cut Social Security benefits by as much as 20% or raise the retirement age to 75, or have “nothing left” for her generation. 

     

    All of this is flat wrong.  Today, Social Security can pay out 100% of promised benefits through 2033 and 75% of promised benefits through 2087, importantly 75% of promised benefits in 2033 would still be higher than benefits are today. The simplest solution to the problem Huntsman exaggerates is to ask millionaires and billionaires to pay into Social Security at the same rate as the rest of us.

     

    Huntsman is creating a phony “generational war” between young and old, simply repeating talking points ginned up by Wall Street billionaire think tanks.

     

    We demand that MSNBC issue an on-air correction to Huntsman’s false attacks on Social Security. 

  • YOU Can Co-Sponsor the "Better off Budget"

    After the budget battles that have been waged over the last few years, we need a budget that rejects austerity, invests in our retirement security and puts Americans back to work and leaves us all better off. And, this week, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) delivered just that with their Better Off Budget.

    Separate from the federal budget process, the proposal also endorses expanding Social Security, to create a real prosperity agenda for America and a total rejection of the failed policies of austerity.

    The Better Off Budget reverses the damage done by the across-the-board budget cuts known as the “sequester.” They create 8.8 million new jobs by investing in job training programs, rebuilding our country’s crumbling infrastructure and providing states with the resources to hire public employees such as police, firefighters and health care workers.

    And, the kicker is that this budget still reduces the deficit by more than $4 trillion over ten years.

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Better Off Budget reverses the damage that Congress’ austerity obsession has inflicted on hard-working families and restores our economy to its full potential.

    We can’t reverse the growing trend of economic inequality in America without addressing the retirement security crisis and without creating new decent paying jobs. And this proposal does both!

  • YOU Can Co-Sponsor the "Better off Budget"

    After the budget battles that have been waged over the last few years, we need a budget that rejects austerity, invests in our retirement security and puts Americans back to work and leaves us all better off. And, this week, the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) delivered just that with their Better Off Budget.

    Separate from the federal budget process, the proposal also endorses expanding Social Security, to create a real prosperity agenda for America and a total rejection of the failed policies of austerity.

    The Better Off Budget reverses the damage done by the across-the-board budget cuts known as the “sequester.” They create 8.8 million new jobs by investing in job training programs, rebuilding our country’s crumbling infrastructure and providing states with the resources to hire public employees such as police, firefighters and health care workers.

    And, the kicker is that this budget still reduces the deficit by more than $4 trillion over ten years.

    The Congressional Progressive Caucus’ Better Off Budget reverses the damage that Congress’ austerity obsession has inflicted on hard-working families and restores our economy to its full potential.

    We can’t reverse the growing trend of economic inequality in America without addressing the retirement security crisis and without creating new decent paying jobs. And this proposal does both!

  • Listen to Social Security Works' Alex Lawson on The Good Fight
  • Tell President Obama and Congress to Take Medicare Means Testing Off the Table!

    President Obama recently released his budget, and one glaring problem is the inclusion of proposals that shift higher health care costs to people with Medicare. One of these proposals would means test Medicare premiums.

    Means testing undermines the value of Medicare and weakens the integrity of the program. Unfortunately, means testing already exists within Medicare for individuals making $85,000 per year or higher. Extending this practice to people with more modest incomes will hurt middle class seniors and people with disabilities who are already struggling to keep up with rising health care costs.

    Please join the Medicare Rights Center and Social Security Works today in calling on President Obama and Congress to reject Medicare means testing!

  • Expand Social Security benefits

     

    This year, we have an incredible opportunity. We can harness this momentum and make the fight to expand Social Security the heart of every House and Senate race in the country.

    We must make our elected officials an offer they can’t refuse. Poll after poll shows that the American people want to see Social Security expanded, not cut. Our elected officials must join the American people in calling for the expansion of Social Security benefits, or pay the price at the ballot box!

  • Tell Congress: Medicare cuts ARE Social Security cuts

    The good news: Unlike last year, President Obama has left Social Security cuts out of his upcoming budget. 

    The bad news: There is a Medicare cut which would force middle class Seniors to pay more for a program they've already paid into their whole lives. 

  • Tell Congress: Medicare cuts ARE Social Security cuts

    The good news: Unlike last year, President Obama has left Social Security cuts out of his upcoming budget. 

    The bad news: There is a Medicare cut which would force middle class Seniors to pay more for a program they've already paid into their whole lives. 

  • Tell Congress: Medicare cuts ARE Social Security cuts

    The good news: Unlike last year, President Obama has left Social Security cuts out of his upcoming budget. 

    The bad news: There is a Medicare cut which would force middle class Seniors to pay more for a program they've already paid into their whole lives. 

  • Tell Congress: Medicare cuts ARE Social Security cuts

    The good news: Committees in the House and Senate are working to fix a broken formula (known as the SGR) that helps determine how Medicare pays doctors. Replacing this formula is important for doctors and for people with Medicare.

    The bad news: Some members of Congress want to pay for replacing the SGR by forcing people with Medicare to pay even higher health care costs.

  • Tell Congress: People with Medicare should NOT pay more for less.

    The good news: Committees in the House and Senate are working to fix a broken formula (known as the SGR) that helps determine how Medicare pays doctors. Replacing this formula is important for doctors and for people with Medicare.

    The bad news: Some members of Congress want to pay for replacing the SGR by forcing people with Medicare to pay even higher health care costs.

  • Make Your Voice Heard

       

    We are not going to sit around and wait quietly to see if our earned benefits are taken away from us. We have to make our voices heard.

    President Obama is set to unveil his budget on March 4th, and when asked if it includes the chained CPI benefit cut his adviser said we needed to, "wait and just see what’s in the budget."

    We are working with our champion Sen. Bernie Sanders and have 16 Senators who have signed a letter to the president urging him not to include benefit cuts in his budget. In the House, we have worked with 80 members on a similarly signed letter asking the president not to include the chained CPI benefit cut. And, now, we need to raise the volume even more! Help us deliver a petition with over 500,000 signatures demanding the president not include the chained CPI in his budget. With your help, we can get over 100 Members of Congress to stand with hundreds of thousands of Americans and reject the chained CPI benefit cut with one clear voice.

  • Fight Income Inequality: Expand Social Security

    As the President calls for us to fight income inequality in his State of the Union speech, we must turn our backs on calls to cut our Social Security system, and make efforts to expand it!

    Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Mark Begich (D-AK) have proposed legislation doing just that, and as our voices grew louder, they were joined in co-sponsorship by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and by 47 members of the House of Representatives.

    Sign our petition calling on the U.S. Congress to support S.567 and H.R.3118, which would strengthen Social Security the right way!

  • Make sure the Chained CPI stays gone

    Last year, President Obama put a Social Security cut called the Chained CPI in his budget.

    A lot has happened since then. Americans from all political stripes are calling for Social Security to be expanded—not cut. The question is: will President Obama listen?

    Sign our petition to President Obama: No cuts to our earned Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits in your budget or State of the Union address.

  • Make sure the Chained CPI stays gone

    Last year, President Obama put a Social Security cut called the Chained CPI in his budget.

    A lot has happened since then. Americans from all political stripes are calling for Social Security to be expanded—not cut. The question is: will President Obama listen?

    Sign our petition to President Obama: No cuts to our earned Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits in your budget or State of the Union address.

  • Support Sen. Harkin's Social Security Expansion Bill

    Our Social Security system has been under attack for far too long. We can't stay on the defensive while enemies of Social Security tirelessly seek to cut it. That's why we're making 2014 the year of Social Security expansion. Legislation doing just that has now been introduced and is co-sponsored in the Senate by 4 Senators and co-sponsored or endorsed by 98 members of the House of Representatives.

    Sign our petition calling on the U.S. Senate to support S.567, which would strengthen Social Security the right way!

  • Support Sen. Harkin's Social Security Expansion Bill

    In 2013, we stopped holding the line and started marching forward by going on offense and pushing to expand our Social Security system. Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Mark Begich (D-AK) have proposed legislation doing just that, and as our voices grew louder, they were joined in co-sponsorship by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Brian Schatz (D-HI), and by 44 members of the House of Representatives.

    Sign our petition with Progressive Democrats of America today calling on the U.S. Senate to support S.567, which would strengthen Social Security the right way!

  • Expand Social Security Now!
  • Expand Social Security benefits

     

  • The Real Crisis

    2014 is going to be an intense year of struggle against the forces that wish to dismantle our Social Security system. But, we know how to win; we change the conversation and fight to expand Social Security.

    The other side has already started laying the ground work for cuts. Just Monday, Rep. Paul Ryan told reporters "We're going to meet in our retreats after the holidays and discuss exactly what it is we're going to try and get for [raising the debt ceiling]."

  • Balancing the Budget on the Backs of Veterans

    This weekend, across our nation we honor our Veterans, but there are some in Washington who are plotting to cut the benefits that they have earned. In addition to cutting our Social Security benefits, the chained CPI is a cut for those who currently receive Veterans benefits or will receive them in the future. In fact, the chained CPI benefit cut would double hit Veterans who receive Social Security.

    Any cut to Social Security would heavily impact the 40% of veterans who rely on the Social Security benefits they earned. But the chained CPI would not only cut Social Security benefits—it would also cut Veterans Disability Compensation, Military Retirement Pay and Veterans Pension.

    That means that a disabled veteran would receive tens of thousands of dollars less in benefits that they have earned with their sacrifice. 

    Our Veterans deserve a cost-of-living formula that accurately reflects the costs they face. The people who rely most on Social Security—the elderly, disabled and veterans—spend more on health care than the general population, and those costs have been rising rapidly. That’s why Congress needs to listen to the people and implement the more generous CPI-E, which puts the cost of living formula in line with what Social Security beneficiaries actually spend their benefits on.

    Stand with Veterans—Stand against all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans benefits. 

  • America Wants No Cuts

    Stand with Senator Bernie Sanders and our coalition partners in demanding, “No grand bargain in exchange for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.”

    Bernie is serving on the Budget Conference Committee which will be negotiating a new federal budget over the next few months -- and where a deal could be struck to slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

     Add your name today!

  • America Wants No Cuts to Social Security

    President Obama and Democrats in Congress stood strong in the face of right-wing hostage taking, and by rejecting any cuts to Social Security and Medicare they showed real leadership.

    Watch the President discuss the challenges ahead and join Social Security Works and Democracy for America in thanking the President and urging him to continue to stand with us.

    This fight is far from over and the President needs to know that when he stands with us, we will stand with him.

  • America Wants No Cuts to Social Security

    President Obama and Democrats in Congress stood strong in the face of right-wing hostage taking, and by rejecting any cuts to Social Security and Medicare they showed real leadership.

    Watch the President discuss the challenges ahead and join Social Security Works and Democracy for America in thanking the President and urging him to continue to stand with us.

    This fight is far from over and the President needs to know that when he stands with us, we will stand with him.

  • Join the Human Chain Against the Chained CPI

     On Thursday, October 3rd, Members of Congress are locking arms with working Americans across the US Capitol to form a human chain against cuts to our earned benefits--Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    Join them by telling the rest of Congress and the President that we need to expand our Social Security system--not cut it!

  • Stand With Us Against The Shutdown And For Social Security

     

    We're not in this fight alone - we're joining a coalition that includes Keith Ellison, John Conyers and Mark Takano and many more pro-Social Security members of Congress to form a major action at the US Capitol Building on Thursday, October 3rd, which will draw attention to the Social Security cuts before they can get snuck into the law - and we want you to stand with us online.

    On Thursday, October 3,  our champions in Congress will link arms with working Americans, forging a visual chain in opposition to the chained CPI and all earned benefit cuts, joining us, Social Security Works, The Center For Community Change, Progressive Change Campaign Committee and many others. But to really catch attention, we need to be able to credibly communicate how many Americans stand with us for strengthening Social Security, not cutting it.

    Join them by telling the rest of Congress and the President that we need to expand our Social Security system--not cut it!

  • Expand Social Security

       


    Join Senators Harkin and Begich and over 300,000 people in demanding that Congress expand, not cut, Social Security.


    Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed legislation that would:

    • Increase cost of living adjustments (COLAs), not decrease them. Instead of cutting benefits through a Chained CPI formula, Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed using a benefit formula designed specifically to take into account seniors’ rising living expenses such as healthcare, food, and housing.
    • Increase Social Security benefits for almost all recipients by approximately $70 per month, or $800 a year. Senator Harkin’s bill would reform the benefit formula for all beneficiaries, but target those most in need. This would result in an across the board benefit increase, with the most going to those in the lower and middle classes.
    • Ensure that the wealthy are paying their fair share into Social Security. Currently, Americans are only paying Social Security payroll taxes on their first $113,700. That means that Wall Street CEOs are not paying the same rate as the rest of us. By lifting the payroll tax cap on Social Security, we can extend the life of Social Security for decades to come while expanding benefits.

  • Expand Social Security

       


    Join Senators Harkin and Begich and over 300,000 people in demanding that Congress expand, not cut, Social Security.


    Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed legislation that would:

    • Increase cost of living adjustments (COLAs), not decrease them. Instead of cutting benefits through a Chained CPI formula, Senators Harkin and Begich have proposed using a benefit formula designed specifically to take into account seniors’ rising living expenses such as healthcare, food, and housing.
    • Increase Social Security benefits for almost all recipients by approximately $70 per month, or $800 a year. Senator Harkin’s bill would reform the benefit formula for all beneficiaries, but target those most in need. This would result in an across the board benefit increase, with the most going to those in the lower and middle classes.
    • Ensure that the wealthy are paying their fair share into Social Security. Currently, Americans are only paying Social Security payroll taxes on their first $113,700. That means that Wall Street CEOs are not paying the same rate as the rest of us. By lifting the payroll tax cap on Social Security, we can extend the life of Social Security for decades to come while expanding benefits.

  • Happy Birthday Social Security, Now Let's Finally Give You a Raise

    This Wednesday, August 14th, Social Security will celebrate 78 years of never missing a single payment and helping millions of Americans live with dignity and honor. This year, let’s work together to give Social Security a real raise for it’s birthday, by expanding benefits and paying for it by asking billionaires to pay the same rate as the rest of us.

    The American people know that our Social Security system works, and during the economic collapse of 2008 they saw that while their home equity, 401k’s and savings were devastated, Social Security was the one source of retirement security that people could rely on.

    With so much uncertainty about the future, Seniors are relying more than ever on our earned Social Security benefits. That’s why now is the time to build upon the one retirement security system that we know we can count on.

  • Join the Human Chain Against the Chained CPI

    On Thursday, October 3rd, Members of Congress are locking arms with working Americans across the US Capitol to form a human chain against cuts to our earned benefits--Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

    Join them by telling the rest of Congress and the President that we need to expand our Social Security system--not cut it!

  • Human Chains Against the Chained CPI

    Today, in more than 45 cities, real people are forming human chains to protest a proposed cut to Social Security called the Chained CPI. This change to Social Security's cost of living adjustments would cost Americans thousands of dollars in earned benefits at a time when people are already struggling to retire. 

    Why do we need to stop this before it happens? Because some cuts never heal.

    We are sick of Social Security cuts being snuck into federal deficit discussions. Our Social Security system does not contribute a dime to the deficit and is more important than ever. Fortunately, we have allies in the House and the Senate. There are resolutions of opposition to these cuts, but members say they need to hear from their constituents before they sign on.

    We earned our Social Security benefits. Social Security serves almost everyone and took decades of planning and hard work to build – dismantling it now would be like getting rid of our highway system.

  • Stop Social Security Cuts in the House

    Congressman Cicilline has introduced a resolution rejecting Social Security benefit cuts in the form of the chained CPI. The vast majority of voters over 50 - seven out of 10 - oppose switching to the chained CPI, which would cut their Social Security benefits by thousands of dollars over the course of their retirement. The chained CPI would seriously harm seniors (especially the oldest of the old), veterans, people with disabilities, women, and people of color.

    Already more than 100 House members have signed on to this important resolution. We need your help to spread the word.

  • Stop Social Security Cuts in the House

     Congressman Cicilline has introduced a resolution rejecting Social Security benefit cuts in the form of the chained CPI. The vast majority of voters over 50 - seven out of 10 - oppose switching to the chained CPI, which would cut their Social Security benefits by thousands of dollars over the course of their retirement. The chained CPI would seriously harm seniors (especially the oldest of the old), veterans, people with disabilities, women, and people of color.

    Your Representative in Congress has already co-sponsored this resolution. Enter your address below to send your Representative a thank you email.

  • Expand Social Security Now!

    The American people know that our Social Security system works, and during the economic collapse of 2008 they saw that while their home equity, 401k’s and savings were devastated, Social Security was the one source of retirement security that people could rely on.

    We can expand Social Security benefits. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) has a proposal that will do just that: The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013.

    According to Senator Harkin's office, The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013 (S. 567) would:

    • Strengthen Benefits by Reforming the Social Security Benefit Formula: To improve benefits for current and future Social Security beneficiaries, the Act changes the method by which the Social Security Administration calculates Social Security benefits. This change will boost benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries by approximately $70 per month, but is targeted to help those in the low and middle of the income distribution, for whom Social Security has become an ever greater share of their retirement income.
    • Ensure that Cost of Living Adjustments Adequately Reflect the Living Expenses of Retirees: The Act changes the way the Social Security Administration calculates the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA). To ensure that benefits better reflect cost increases facing seniors, future COLAs will be based on the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E). Making this change to Social Security is expected to result in higher COLAs, ensuring that seniors are able to better keep up with the rising costs of essential items, like health care.
    • Improve the Long Term Financial Condition of the Trust Fund: Social Security is not in crisis, but does face a long-term deficit. To help extend the life of the trust fund the Act phases out the current taxable cap of $113,700 so that payroll taxes apply fairly to every dollar of wages.

    Combined, these changes will increase benefits for current and future beneficiaries while making Social Security stronger for future generations by extending the life of the Trust Fund through 2049.

    By making millionaires and billionaires pay the same rate as the rest of our do, we can expand Social Security for all Americans.

    We need every single member of Congress to hear from their constituents. Tell them you are sick and tired of these conversations about how much to cut from our earned benefits, tell them now is the time to expand Social Security.

    Tell them to sponsor The Strengthening Social Security Act of 2013 (S. 567) or its companion in the House.

  • Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and Cancel the Sequester

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    Over 300,000 of you have said it’s time to #CancelTheSequester – and that’s why we joined with Alan Grayson, the Other 98% and MoveOn to personally deliver your signatures *directly* to Speaker John Boehner’s congressional office, telling him in no uncertain terms: the American people have had enough and want to end this sequester, period.

    Now we have to make sure that everyone, including the White House, knows that the American people reject all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.  

    In an effort led by Alan Grayson, 31 members of Congress have pledged to vote against legislation that cuts Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits. 

    Let's make sure the White House knows we reject all benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.

    If 100,000 of us sign this petition, Alan Grayson will deliver it to the White House. 

    Complete the following to tell the White House:

  • Put Congress On Notice

    The Grayson-Takano letter says:

    Dear President Obama:

    We join millions of Americans in applauding your Inaugural Address declaration that “we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.” Democrats have built the most popular government programs in American history – including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security -- by working with Republicans whenever possible and by defeating Republican opposition whenever necessary. The torch has been passed to today’s elected officials, and we must carry it forward boldly.

    Voters across the political spectrum oppose cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits, and we must do whatever it takes to protect these vital benefits from cuts.

    That’s why we write to let you know that we will vote against any and every cut to Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security benefits -- including raising the retirement age or cutting the cost of living adjustments that our constituents earned and need.

    We firmly believe that the best way to reduce our deficit and make our economy grow is to create jobs, and we look forward to a returned focus on this core issue. We also know that there are common-sense reforms that would reduce health-care costs and save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars without cutting benefits. If Republicans oppose these reforms, and insist on benefits cuts, that proves they are not concerned about the deficit – but instead are trying to tear the social safety net and cause pain for our constituents who can least absorb it.

    Finally, Americans agree that there is more that must be done to require the rich and giant corporations to pay their fair share. Indeed, it is their patriotic duty to do so.

    As you negotiate with Republicans, you deserve to know that millions of Americans and the below signed Members of Congress stand ready to fight for the principles listed above.

    Sincerely,

    Please look up your representative by entering your zip code and call them at the number next to their name. Tell them what's on your mind, and read them your email, then press "send."

  • Tell Congress to Vote Against Social Security Cuts

    The President is maintaining his willingness to cut Social Security benefits for today’s seniors by imposing an inaccurate “chained CPI” formula, and to make unnamed Medicare cuts, in return for Republican support for more tax increases.

    This would be a disastrous deal. It must be stopped.

    Write your Senator and Representative today and tell them NO cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in any budget deal.

    The "chained CPI" involves a change to the cost-of-living adjustment, which compounds over time, cutting Social Security benefits each and every year. By the time a typical retiree reaches age 85, they will have lost a total of $13,910 in benefits. And in their 85th year, their benefits will be reduced by $1,147. That cut amounts to the equivalent of 24 weeks of groceries, just in the year someone turns 85! And this is after an election when Vice President Joe Biden guaranteed “no changes in Social Security.”

    We’ve got to get through to our representatives – in the Congress and the White House – to get them to stop using our vital programs as bargaining chips in a negotiation with Republicans that has already cut too much.

  • Go Joe! Keep standing strong for Social Security!

            

    At a campaign stop in south central Virginia this past Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said to a relieved coffee shop patron that, "Number one, I guarantee you, flat guarantee you, there will be no changes in Social Security. I flat guarantee you."

    The Vice President should be applauded for talking sense about our Social Security system. 

    Join us in saying, "Thank you for 56 million beneficiaries who cannot afford to see their Social Security benefits cut, and from us younger folks who want Social Security to be there when we need it."

    It should be clear to everyone, but just in case politicians in DC needed a reminder, voters in recent Arizona, Hawaii and New York elections have shown they understand that Social Security is an earned right and a commitment to hard-working Americans to live with dignity in old age, or when unexpected severe disability or death impacts their lives.

    So please join us in saying, "We know you have our back, protecting our Social Security, and you should know we have your back as you continue to fight for us."

  • Social Security's 77th Birthday

     Don't let this be Social Security's last birthday.

  • Stop the Drive to Dismantle Social Security!

    Politicians from both parties are getting behind a plan to dismantle our Social Security system, leaving younger workers facing the worst benefit cuts. We the undersigned want to stop those cuts by bringing the contents of this plan to light in a public discussion with its co-author, Alan Simpson.

  • Stop the Drive to Dismantle Social Security

    Alan Simpson the former Senator from Wyoming has been tasked with convincing the public that there is an urgent crisis in our Social Security system that demands deep drastic and destructive cuts to the program during the lame duck session of Congress at the end of the year. In order to confuse people about what his proposal actually does he says that he is "doing it for the young people."

    Having read the the Bowles-Simpson plan we know that it cuts Social Security benefits for young people the most—the younger you are, the bigger the cut. Knowing this, Social Security Works gathered a group of young experts who didn’t see how Simpson’s plan to cut the system would help save it:

    Having read the the Bowles-Simpson plan we know that it cuts Social Security benefits for young people the most—the younger you are, the bigger the cut. Knowing this, we recently challenged you to discuss the effects your plan would have on younger people in an open and public forum, a challenge you accepted and then backed out of.

    For more information, visit http://www.strengthensocialsecurity.org/youngexperts

  • Tell AARP: Be a Leader

    At this key moment, we need Social Security's allies to join together. AARP should be listening to its membership, which overwhelmingly agrees with the majority of Americans that Social Security benefits should be increased, not cut.

  • Tell Mitt Romney: Hands Off Social Security!

    Mitt Romney plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. Tell him what you think of that!

  • What We're Thankful For

    During this holiday week, we had some time to express what we’re thankful for: You.

    You joined together and made phone calls, shared petitions, held rallies, and wrote letters in the past year, as challenge after challenge reared its head. Every time Congress threatened to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, you were there, pushing back. And you were successful.

    The co-chairs of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or “Supercommittee,” announced last night that they were unable to come to an agreement on a plan to cut the U.S. debt. Many will publicly call this a “failure.” But make no mistake, this is a victory for the 99 percent and for democracy, and it’s due to your hard work.

    Rather than accept a bad deal that would have included cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, we got no deal, and for once, the gridlock is something to be thankful for.

    The threats, still, will continue. It’s important to tell your Senators and Representatives that you’re thankful that this threat has been averted for now. You can be sure the other side will be writing them to condemn inaction.The next time someone comes along to try to cut Social Security (which could be sooner than you think), they’ll remember your voices.

  • Just Scrap the Cap

    The video may be funny, but the subject is serious—now more than ever, Social Security benefits are critical to the more than 50 million Americans who rely on them. Instead of cutting benefits or raising the retirement age, we're relying on you to protect working class families by scrapping the cap on payroll taxes.

    Currently, workers are taxed only on their first $106,800 of income. People earning over that amount don't pay taxes on that income. By simply requiring upper-income taxpayers to contribute at the same rate as many middle class families, Social Security's benefits could be improved, and its funding would remain in balance beyond the longest projections.

  • Petition to the Super Committee to Exclude Social Security from a Deficit-Reduction Deal

    When the debt deal passed August 2, it created a Joint Committee of Congress—a “Super Committee”—charged with reducing the deficit by another $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction.

    Our worst fears have been realized – that this Super Committee is likely to put a big bulls-eye on Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

    Super Committee co-chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) has even called Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid “cruel Ponzi schemes.”

    Our research team has already pulled together the voting records and statements of all 12 Super Committee members. At least six of them are in favor of deep cuts to Social Security (most, if not all of these six, want to privatize the program), ending Medicare as we know it, cutting $1.4 trillion from Medicaid and continuing the Bush tax cuts for the richest Americans. We can’t afford to lose even 1 out of the remaining 6 votes between now and November 23 when the Super Committee must report out its plan.

    We can win this critical fight. But we need you to be involved. So please sign our petition today and pass it on to your family and friends.

  • Super Committee Appointments

    The deal to raise the debt ceiling created a “Super Committee” that will decide Social Security’s fate over the next few months.  Twelve members of Congress will be appointed to the committee in the next two weeks. They will have enormous power. They can recommend deep benefit cuts. Their plan will be fast-tracked for an up-or-down vote. No changes in what they recommend will be possible.

    Sign our letter to Congressional leaders telling them only to appoint to the Super Committee members of Congress who are committed to keeping their hands off Social Security.

  • Stop Social Security Cuts and a Disastrous Debt Deal

    While the deficit talks have temporarily collapsed in Washington, they will be resurrected at any time. In these extraordinary times there is the real possibility for a disastrous debt deal to be negotiated – one that puts Social Security on the chopping block and lets the wealthy and corporations off the hook from paying their fair share. We need you to help make sure that does not happen. 

    Please call and email your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators in Washington today.

    If you only have time for one thing, please make the phone calls.

    You should tell them:

    Social Security should not be cut as part of a budget deal. That includes no COLA cuts. Social Security did not cause the deficit. Social Security should not be raided and used as a piggybank to continue tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

    To find your Senators and Representative, please enter your ZIP code below. Once we have that, their phone numbers and a sample email message will appear below. Personalized messages are best--please tailor the message to better tell how Social Security will impact you.

    Below the email message, you will find the the phone numbers for your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators. Please call all three--they all need to hear from you.

  • Women's Social Security Petition

    Join us in calling for Congress to RESPECT women, PROTECT Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, and REJECT any budget plans that threaten the economic security of women.

    SIGN THE PETITION -- Federal Spending Cuts Hurt Women, Seniors -- Benefit the Wealthy

    Right now Members of Congress are debating how to reduce the federal deficit. Some have proposed cutting social safety net programs to reduce federal spending. Some are refusing to restore taxes on the wealthy which would provide increased revenues to maintain the safety net. Members of Congress are proposing substantial cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Social Security's benefits would be deeply cut by increasing the full retirement age above 67 and reducing the Cost-of-living Adjustment (COLA) by switching to the chained Consumer Price Index (CPI). Using the "chained CPI" would cut benefits for everyone immediately and would cumulate over time, so that those who live the longest would suffer the deepest cuts.

    Those most economically vulnerable — especially women with disabilities, older women who live alone, and others with limited means — will suffer the brunt of these cuts. Many women cannot find employment at older ages, do not have pensions, and have been unable to save sufficiently because of wage discrimination and time taken out of the paid workforce for care-giving. Women are recovering more slowly from this recession than are men. Women need jobs and the social services that are provided by many female workers in our child care centers, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and senior centers. The federal government should fund these jobs by raising new revenues.

    We demand a budget agreement that will respect women’s contributions to their families and communities, protect programs that disproportionately serve and employ women, and reject cuts that threaten women’s well-being. The deficit problem should not be solved on the backs of vulnerable women.

  • Social Security: Serving Those Who Serve Our Nation

     

    Please use the tool below to send a copy of the "Social Security: Serving Those Who Serve Our Nation" report to your Members of Congress.   If you would like a copy of the report for yourself, click here.

    After you read the letter, please scroll down to enter your contact information and send the letter.  

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    We need you to send a letter to your Senators to tell them to fully fund Social Security. Please follow the instructions below to send a letter to your Senators today. Thank you.

  • Letter to President Obama

    We need you to use the form below this video to send a quick letter to President Obama letting him know that you support his position on Social Security and encouraging him to use his speech this Wednesday April 13th to fight for Social Security.

     

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    We need to strengthen Social Security, not cut it.

    I want to stay involved and I affirm,

  • Save Social Security from Efforts to Cut it

    Tell your senators to co-sponsor a Senate Resolution, sponsored by Senators Bernie Sanders (VT), Sherrod Brown (OH), Debbie Stabenow (MI), Tom Harkin (IA) and Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), which opposes any increase in Social Security’s retirement age or similar benefit cuts, and opposes privatization.

    Please ask your senators to stand with the American people and stop any attempts to cut Social Security benefits.

    No Social Security cuts. No retirement age increase. No risky privatization schemes.


  • Strengthen Social Security... Don't Cut It

    We stand together in support of Social Security, a promise made to Americans of all generations. Social Security represents the best of American values – reward for hard work, honoring our parents and caring for our neighbors.