Wed, Oct 30, 2013
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Social Security's Role in Solving the Retirement Income Crisis

Americans who will reitre in the coming decades face a confluence of factors that threaten their income security. Disappearing employer pensions, a 401(k) and IRA system that fails to provide meaningful retirement income to most Americans, stagnating wages, rising health and long-term care costs, and the continued phasing-in of cuts to Social Security. According to the National Retirement Risk Index, over half of American households are at risk of downward social mobility in retirement--nearly two-thirds when health and long-term care costs are taken into account. This figure is expected to rise further in coming decades.

Rather than proposing measures to address the retirement income crisis, many in Congress are seeking to exacerbate it by cutting Social Security. Yet a sober analysis of the policy options available to address the retirement income crisis suggests that Social Security should be expanded, not cut, as part of any policy response to the crisis.

Join some of the country's top experts on retirement security for a discussion of the retirement income crisis and Social Security's role in tackling it.



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902

9 AM   Welcome and opening remarks

 Panel 1) 9:15 to 10:15 AM:  U.S. Retirement Income Crisis 

--Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute

--Diane Oakley, Executive  Director, National Institute on    Retirement Security

--Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center on Economic and Policy Research

Panel 2) 10:20 to 11:20 AM :  Social Security as the Solution

--Damon Silvers, Policy Director, AFL-CIO 

--Theodore Marmor, Professor emeritus, Yale University

--Nancy Altman, Co-Director, Social Security Works

--Rich Fiesta, Director of Government and Political Affairs, Alliance for Retired Americans

Panel 3) 11:25 to 12:25 PM: Plans to Expand Social Security

--Eric Kingson, Professor of Social Work, Syracuse University, Co-Chair, Strengthen Social Security Campaign

--Zach Schecter-Steinberg, Economic Policy Advisor, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

--Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions, 

--Eva Dominguez, Executive Director, Latinos for a Secure Retirement

--Dan Adcock, Director of Government Relations and Policy, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Panel 4) 12:30 to 1:30 PM : The Retirement Income Crisis and Social Security: Translating Popular Will into Action

--Nancy Leamond, Executive Vice President, State and National Group, AARP --Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners 

--Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners

--Adam Green, Co-Founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee 

--John Burbank, Executive Director., Economic Opportunity Institute; Co-Founder, Social Security Works, Washington State

--Allegra Baider, Deputy Director for Public Policy, Center for Community Change

1:30 PM   Statements from Senators and House of Representatives Members supportive of expanding Social Security followed by questions

Event Location

Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902
Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 

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