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: