Sanders Joins Rep Conyers & Other Senate/House Members Asking President to Support Expanding Social Security

WASHINGTON, July 12 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) today joined with 70 other members of Congress in calling on President Obama to support expanding Social Security.

The letter to the president came on the eve of a historic conference on aging, convened once every 10 years to get the entire country talking about issues relating to older Americans.

“A clear majority of Americans support expanding Social Security,” wrote Sanders, Conyers and other lawmakers. “As employers continue moving from a defined benefit model to a defined contribution model of retirement savings, it is critical that we fight to protect and expand Social Security – the only guaranteed source of income in retirement.”

The aging conference that opens tomorrow, wrote the lawmakers, “presents an excellent opportunity to open a discussion on expanding Social Security benefits.”

The conference, which is being hosted by the White House, runs all day tomorrow and includes discussions about healthy aging, long-term services, elder security and retirement security.

Besides Sanders and Conyers, the letter to the president was signed by Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) along with 68 House members. A copy of the letter can be found HERE.

Sanders has introduced legislation that would expand and strengthen Social Security both by expanding the benefits to recipients, providing a larger cost-of-living increase and providing a minimum benefit to recipients to reduce the poverty rate of seniors.