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Social Security

Susan talking with seniors about Social Security.

Protecting Social Security

Social Security provides a critical safety net to senior citizens throughout our nation.  Without Social Security, nearly 40% of California’s seniors would be living in poverty.  Susan is committed to safeguarding Social Security and ensuring its continued solvency for current beneficiaries and future recipients.

Susan continues to oppose budgets that put funding for the Social Security Administration at risk. Cuts to the SSA’s office budget mean that benefits won’t be processed in a timely mannerand threaten to create backlogs for benefits claims.

Opposition to Social Security Privatization

Privatization places much of the risk of a secure retirement on the individual. Social Security exists for the same reason that insurance exists—it is a safety net in case of poor planning, stock market failure or if a bad economy eliminates a person's income from other sources. Privatizing our Social Security system makes it vulnerable to the very economic factors that its founders sought to counter balance.

Individual Casework

If you have concerns about your personal Social Security benefits, please refer to my federal agency assistance page by clicking here.

To go to the Social Security Administration’s website click here.

For information related to Supplemental Security Income for the elderly, blind, or disabled who have little or no income please click here.

More on Social Security

Feb 15, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON – In what is likely to one of many confrontations between Congress and the state, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) opposed an effort in the House to strip access to retirement benefits from millions of Californians who work in the private sector. Davis voted against a resolution to kill a policy created by President Obama that lets states help private employees save money for retirement.

Nov 4, 2016 Editorial

Recent reports about the national debt have mistakenly conflated benefits from Social Security and Medicare with the national debt. Let’s be clear, Social Security and Medicare are not drivers of the national debt.

Much of this argument comes from opponents to Social Security and Medicare. They blame these programs and imply that our national-debt issue will be solved by “entitlement reform.” Keep in mind, to opponents of Social Security and Medicare, reform means cutting benefits, privatizing or ending the programs all together.

Aug 12, 2016 Press Release

SAN DIEGO – As the anniversary of the enactment of Social Security nears, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) renewed her commitment to protecting this vital program for today’s seniors and future generations. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Social Security into law on August 14, 1935.  

Mar 22, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – As millions of elderly Americans face economic challenges to sustain quality health care and in home supportive services, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) voted to renew support programs vital to seniors. The House passed its renewal of the Older Americans Act, which provides critical social and nutritional services, such as meal delivery and respite care.

Mar 11, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTONIn a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, Congresswoman Susan Davis joined 79 of her House colleagues in urging the Speaker to reject policy proposals in the budget that would hurt seniors.

Aug 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINTON — For 80 years Social Security has been a vital source of retirement income for millions of seniors.  Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) renewed her promise to fight to protect Social Security and ensure its existence for future generations. 

Aug 5, 2015 Event

Please join Congresswoman Susan Davis for a forum on the importance of retirement security. We will have presenters to provide you with helpful takeaways about Social Security and Medicare benefits. The forum will be followed by a Q & A session. 

Event details are below.  We hope to see you there!

Time: 5:45 P.M. Registration | 6:00 P.M. Program

Jul 14, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – As the Older Americans Act turns 50, Congresswoman Susan Davis called for reauthorization of the program that provides millions of seniors and their caregivers with social and nutrition services.

“We owe a debt of gratitude to the older generations who built and kept our country safe and strong,” said Davis. “They deserve the right to live with dignity and independence. The OAA allows seniors to do that. It’s long overdue that we renew this law to ensure that it meets the needs of today’s older Americans and is there for future generations.”

Oct 1, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Reps. Susan Davis (CA-53), Allyson Y. Schwartz (PA-13), and Mark Takano (CA-41) led 127 U.S. Representatives today in urging the Social Security Administration to improve outreach to same-sex couples.