John Kerry on GOP Proposal to Raise Retirement Age
"Social Security is the one bedrock promise a worker can count on in an age when pensions are going bust."
Below is a statement by Senator John Kerry on reports that Senate Finance Committee Republicans plan to ram through a proposal to raise the Social Security retirement age to 69.
"It's hard to believe that as pensions disappear around the country for men and women who have worked a lifetime, anyone would consider raising the retirement age for Social Security. Social Security is the one bedrock promise a worker can count on in an age when pensions are going bust. Now not only does President Bush want to risk Social Security in the stock market, Republicans in Congress are considering forcing Americans to work until they're 69 before they can begin receiving a Social Security check earned over a lifetime. It's time to build real retirement security, not take it away."