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.
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.”
In other words, Social Security is not running out of money. In fact, we need to expand it.
In Congress, I will fight for:
- Scrapping 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.
- Passing the Social Security Expansion Act as a step toward scrapping the cap.
- Increasing monthly benefits by $1,300 a year for seniors with low incomes.
- Social Security caregiver credits, so unpaid caregivers have a financially secure retirement after putting in work caring for loved ones.
- The use of a consumer price index (CPI) for the elderly, or CPI-E, so Social Security cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) are calculated more fairly for the expenses that seniors face.
- Increasing 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.
- Increasing cost-of-living adjustments (COLA), so seniors can afford to keep up with rising prices.
- Ensuring that Medicare for All includes long-term care, so that seniors can live at home with comfort and dignity.
- Protecting and expanding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), so no senior goes hungry.