Organizations Call on U.S. Senate Candidates to Support Social Security Expansion


Members of Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the New Jersey Working Families Alliance at the Statehouse call on New Jersey's U.S. Senate candidates to support expanding Social Security. Photo by Dari Kotzker.

By Dari Kotzker
NJ Today

Leaders and members of Democracy for America, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the New Jersey Working Families Alliance held a press conference outside the Statehouse today, calling for all candidates in the New Jersey U.S. Senate race to declare support for the Social Security expansion and promise no cuts to Social Security.

The expansion is based off of a plan put forth by Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska, which calls for no limit on income taxed for Social Security, and for cost of living increases to be based on inflation.

According to some new polls sponsored by the press conference organizers, voters in “red states” like Kentucky and Texas are in favor of Social Security expansion. Also, last week, more than 300,000 individuals — including 7,800 in New Jersey — have signed a petition urging Congress to expand the Social Security benefits.

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Co-Founder Adam Green announced his organization will be launching a series of ads urging all New Jersey U.S. Senate candidates to embrace expanding Social Security benefits.

  • norma stone

    take off the cap and let everyone pay for the full year. this will make it easy to fully expand ss

  • Clarence L Perry

    If it’s not broken do not fix it so leave social security alone

  • Robert Desrochers

    Rich for the rich while the poor become poorer.

  • Jac saintanne@yahoo.com

    Brave visionary legislators crafted our SS system. Let our current legislators leave a legacy to the safety nets Americans have paid for and count on to insure they can live out their lives without fear and privation.

  • Leona Haas

    Social Security belongs to the millions of people who worked hard all their lives to build it up so they could live with some peace of mind knowing they would have this to fall back on in their elderly years like me. It does not belong to government to spend or move or use for any use other than to pay its citizens back when they become old enough to collect. There are no excuses or reasons why Social Security should be eliminated or lowered because someone gets a bright idea to change what Senior Citizens will receive. I say find another way to pay your debt down. We have too.

  • Dave

    YES…It’s time to expand an excellent program. I’m 56 and I would like Social Security to be there for my daughter and future generations.

  • myra garland

    social security is not a hand out we senior paid for for and still paying for it. The elephant knows better. their trunks are well inform,before they reach the top