Rep. John Lewis Supports Social Security 2100
WASHINGTON- Rep. John Lewis joined Rep. John Larson, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee Social Security Subcommittee, today in support of the Social Security 2100 Act. This bill would help secure the solvency of this important benefit. Reports that Social Security may not survive are premature. Reasonable adjustments can be made to the program to save it, and the Social Security 2100 Act offers solutions that will sustain its viability into the future. Rep. Lewis made these comments at the news conference:
I want to thank my good friend, Chairman John Larson, and my colleagues for this important effort to restore the powerful benefit that Social Security offers our society. I grew up in rural Alabama, 50 miles from Montgomery, outside of a little town called Troy, and I remember how seniors lived before they had Social Security.
People who had worked all their lives, given their best years to hard labor in the fields or to a factory, ended up in grinding poverty. Often they moved in with their children, who were trying to raise their own children, and there was very little to go around.
Social Security ended this cycle of dependence and poverty, so that today, parents can save what they would spend caring for grandparents on college tuition or their own retirement. This benefit helped create a healthy middle class. What would we do without Social Security? So many people would be left out and left behind.
Most of the seniors in my district in Georgia depend on Social Security for the majority of their income. Without it, almost half of black and Latino seniors in this country would be living in poverty. That’s not right. That’s not fair. That is not just.
Social Security is more than a right. It is a promise, a promise people pay into to secure their future. We can do better. We can do much better.
Chairman Larson, my friend, my brother, your bill, the Social Security 2100 Act, helps our country keep that promise, and it frees Americans, young and old, to fulfill their dreams. This bill ensures that they can thank you, and they must thank you, for all that you’re doing to get us on the right track.
Rep. Larson, I’m proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill.