Social Security and Seniors

Issues regarding Social Security and Seniors are important to our district and to my work in Congress.

Social Security recently celebrated its 78th Anniversary of being signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Before Social Security, most working Americans retired into poverty. Today, more than 160 million workers are building toward a more secure retirement for themselves and their families through their contributions, and 58 million seniors, disabled workers, widows and children currently rely on it for economic security each month. Over its 78 year history, and through 13 recessions, Social Security has never failed to pay on time and in full, and has never added a penny to the nation’s deficit or debt. Click here to see a timeline of Social Security through the years.

In the midst of attempts to radically reform our social safety net, I will continue to work to ensure that Social Security remains a strong and stable program. We must not balance the budget on the backs of our seniors. My father turned 90 years old last summer, and he worked all his life so that he could proudly send all four children to college without ever making more than $25,000 a year. It would be unconscionable to take away Medicare and Social Security benefits from seniors - like my father - who contributed to these programs all their lives. Seniors have earned it with a lifetime of hard work, and it should be there now and for future generations. I vow to continue to fight to preserve these programs for the next generation.

More on Social Security and Seniors

Feb 6, 2019

Today the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing entitled “Improving Retirement Security For America’s Workers” in an effort to find solutions to the pension crisis facing the Central States Pension Fund (CSPF).

Nov 21, 2017

(Washington, D.C.) – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II joined Democratic leaders from the House and Senate in sponsoring a new proposal to help pension retirees. The proposed legislation would ensure that retired workers keep the pensions they have earned. Specifically, the legislation would allow the Treasury Department to loan money through the sale of U.S. Treasury bonds to pension plans to ensure that retirees and their families are guaranteed their promised benefits.

May 12, 2017

Dec 8, 2016

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II joined 40 other U.S. Representatives in a letter to House leaders regarding future pensions. The charge led by U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur, Rick Nolan and Cheri Bustos urged House Leadership to reject any proposal attacking the hard-earned pension benefits of retirees and workers added as a rider to any end-of-year legislation. Congressman Cleaver is pleased to announce that the effort was successful in keeping harmful provisions out of appropriations legislation.

May 6, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Treasury Department has announced its decision to deny the Central States Pension Plan application for benefit suspension. Special Master Ken Feinberg announced the decision today due to the application not meeting the requirements set forth by the Kline-Miller Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014. The notification letter can be found here.

Oct 26, 2012