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Clinton Will Fight to Expand Social Security and Ask Wealthy to Pay Their Fair Share

Hillary Clinton is committed to defending Social Security from Republican attempts “to undermine the bedrock of the system.” She will expand the program, especially for caregivers and widows who currently don’t get what they deserve. And she is committed to asking the most fortunate to pay their fair share to do so. Just take a look at what she’s said in this campaign:

  • October 29, 2015: “I do not support raising the retirement age. I think it is elitist to be talking about raising the age for Social Security at this point.”
  • October 14, 2015: “How can they, with a straight face, be saying, hey, we need to cut benefits for Social Security, we need to raise the retirement age, without any regard to the fact that benefits are already for low-income people, for people who have worked hard all their lives, barely sufficient?”
  • From her campaign website: “Hillary understands that there is no way to accomplish that goal without asking the highest-income Americans to pay more, including options to tax some of their income above the current Social Security cap, and taxing some of their income not currently taken into account by the Social Security system.”

She has a long record of defending and strengthening Social Security and Medicare:

  • As Senator, Clinton cosponsored bills to reduce the impact of the Medicare prescription drug gap by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices for seniors.
  • As Senator, she was “adamantly opposed” to George W. Bush’s plan to privatize Social Security, and in 2005, she warned Congress against considering plans that divert payroll taxes from Social Security to the stock market.
  • She called on President Bush to “immediately” address the Social Security Disability Insurance system backlog.
  • She voted to repeal the income tax increase on Social Security benefits and voted to ensure that Social Security surpluses were not raided to fund tax cuts on corporate dividends.
  • She cosponsored legislation to repeal provisions of the Social Security Act that have reduced the Social Security benefits of hundreds of thousands of low-paid public employees.

As President, Clinton would:

  • Expand Social Security for those who need it most and who are treated unfairly by the current system—including women who are widows and those who took significant time out of the paid workforce to take care of their children, aging parents, or ailing family members. Social Security works well, but it should work better. Clinton will fight to expand Social Security for those who need it most and who are treated unfairly today.