Ensuring a Comfortable, Secure, Dignified Retirement for Seniors —
Now and for Years to Come. 

Protecting and Expanding Social Security

24% of Washington's 6th Congressional District is on Social Security. That's 175,920 people — the highest of any congressional district in Washington state.

It should be a given that seniors have a decent, dignified, and secure retirement free of poverty and fear of losing their benefits. Instead, corporate politicians in DC try to cut Social Security year after year. They try to scare us with claims that Social Security is going broke, so we'll be afraid and accept their cuts. They think if we’re scared that we’ll agree to their austerity cuts. Enough.

Social Security is self-funding and perfectly capable of withstanding the coronavirus pandemic with benefits intact.

As Social Security Works says, “The 2020 report shows that Social Security is fully funded until 2035, 91 percent funded for the next 25 years, 85 percent funded over the next 50 years, and 82 percent funded over the next 75 years.” Social Security is not running out of money.

Democrats like me stand for Social Security. I will never pretend to support Social Security while privately trying to cut it. I will always be honest with you, and I will always protect and expand Social Security.

When I'm in Congress, I promise to fight to:

  • Scrap the cap, so the wealthy pay their fair share into Social Security. Why should a billionaire put the same amount of money into Social Security as someone making $137,700? That's just not fair.
  • Cosponsor the Social Security 2100 Act.
  • Increase monthly benefits by $1,300 a year for seniors with low incomes.
  • Increase the minimum benefits that low-income workers receive when they retire, so everyone has a secure retirement, no matter how much they made while working.
  • Increase cost-of-living adjustments (COLA), so seniors can afford to keep up with rising prices.
  • Ensure that Medicare for All includes long-term care, so that seniors can live at home with comfort and dignity.
  • Protect and expand the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), so no senior goes hungry, but instead receives the high-quality food they need to live a healthy life.