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.

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