August 05,2015

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Senate Democrats Introduce Resolution Commemorating 80th Anniversary of Social Security

WASHINGTON – Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today led the Senate Democratic Caucus to introduce a resolution to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of Social Security, which became law on August 14, 1935. Wyden also offered remarks on Tuesday recognizing the nation’s largest retirement and disability insurance program and highlighting the importance of its long-term success:

“Social Security touches the life of nearly every American family,” Wyden said.“America is a different place today than it was in 1935, thanks in no small part to the protection that Social Security offers. Social Security forms some of the strongest threads in America’s safety net. Social Security offers vital protections to millions of people, and keeps millions more out of poverty, including women, who are often more susceptible to poverty in their later years.

“Today, Social Security is strong and robust, and I believe there is big, bipartisan interest in keeping it that way. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure Social Security continues to thrive for generations to come.”

Co-sponsors of the resolution include Senators Reid, Schumer, Stabenow, Cantwell, Nelson, Menendez, Carper, Cardin, Brown, Bennet, Casey, Warner, Baldwin, Blumenthal, Booker, Boxer, Coons, Donnelly, Durbin, Feinstein, Franken, Gillibrand, Heinrich, Heitkamp, Hirono, Kaine, King, Klobuchar, Leahy, Manchin, Markey, McCaskill, Merkley, Mikulski, Murphy, Murray, Peters, Reed, Sanders, Schatz, Shaheen, Tester, Udall, Warren, and Whitehouse.

The text of the full resolution is here. Wyden’s full remarks on the Senate floor can be found here.