Congresswoman Susan Davis Vows to Fight for Retirement Security on Anniversary of Social Security

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.  

“Social Security has been a stable and secure source of income for millions of seniors and families, many of whom desperately need it, over these last eight decades,” said Davis.  “Without Social Security, 37% of California’s seniors would be living in poverty. Social Security is a proven program that has provided retirement security for over 80 years. We need to ensure it’s there for today’s seniors and into the future.”

Social Security’s economic impact also goes well beyond the seniors and families receiving benefits – it also benefits state economies and local businesses all across the country.  Nearly 60 million Americans spend $883 billion in Social Security benefits nationwide each year – supporting businesses with dollars they wouldn’t have without Social Security.

However, proposed budget cuts by the House Majority would result in closed offices and longer wait times and delays for recipients, including those waiting for disability claims decisions.

Helping constituents with Social Security benefits is a key component of the constituent casework occurring in Davis’s San Diego office.

“Just about everyday I hear from constituents worried about losing their Social Security benefits,” said Davis. “We need to give these people peace of mind that the benefits they’ve earned will be there for them.”