More than 100 of 193 House Democrats as well as 18 Senate Democrats have joined the Expand Social Security Caucus. It currently has more than 150 members. These Democrats are committed to ensuring that a key part of the Democratic agenda in Congress is strengthening Social Security and increasing its benefits.
Alex Thompson reports for Vice that the majority support for increasing Social Security benefits among House Democrats represents a major shift to the left for House Democratic members. It was not that long ago that House Democrats were fighting simply to keep Social Security from being cut. Indeed, in 2011, Barack Obama and many Democrats in Congress were willing to cut Social Security in exchange for tax hikes on the wealthy.
Rep. John Larson (D-CT), who co-chairs the House side of the Expand Social Security Caucus, introduced a bill to expand Social Security in 2015. It had only 54 cosponsors when it was introduced. Today, it has 174. Larson may have power to take action on the bill as the most likely chair of the Social Security subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee, if Democrats take back control of Congress in November.
The seven co-chairs of the caucus in the House and Senate represent a politically and geographically diverse group of Democrats. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Terri A. Sewell (D-AL), Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) co-chair the caucus with John Larson in the House. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders co-chair the Senate side of the Expand Social Security Caucus. Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, helped launch the caucus.
Republicans in Congress continue to call for cuts to Social Security benefits. If the midterm elections leave them in control of the House, their budget will cut Social Security, Medicare and other critical social programs.
As the divide between the wealthy and the less well off widens, and an increasing number of working class Americans are threatened with poverty in retirement, a large number of Democrats in Congress are supporting mainstream proposals that will help their constituents. Medicare for All and debt-free college are two other policy proposals that are gaining steam in Congress.
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