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Space to Republicans: Hands Off Social Security; Forcing Our Seniors to Work Until 70 is an Insult

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Location: Washington, DC

Continuing his commitment to ensuring that Social Security remains a strong safety net that allows Ohio's seniors to enjoy a full retirement, U.S. Rep. Zack Space (OH-18) today decried recent comments suggesting that the retirement age for Social Security recipients should be raised to age 70.

Space's call to keep Social Security protected and secure come after recent comments from House Minority Leader John Boehner, suggesting that a Republican majority in the House would enact sweeping cuts to Social Security and raise the Social Security retirement age to 70. Such actions would prove devastating to all Ohioans who have worked hard for their entire lives with the understanding that they would be able to retire at age 65.

Boehner "s proposal follows on the heels of a 2005 Republican effort to privatize Social Security, which would have absolutely devastated seniors nationwide, especially given the recent economic downturn. That risky plan was roundly rejected by Ohioans and Americans across the country.

"This is a slap in the face to Ohio seniors, who have worked hard for their entire lives and deserve to live out the full length of their golden years," said Rep. Space. "Our seniors have earned these benefits, they deserve these benefits, and it is unconscionable to suggest that they should be forced into more years of labor after spending a lifetime buying into the system."

"Our seniors deserve better than to be stripped of their claims to enjoy the American Dream to its fullest extent," Space continued.

Yesterday, Space was joined by other members of Ohio's Democratic Delegation to host a press conference, where Ohio Democrats blasted the Minority Leader's comments as bad for seniors across Ohio. Space was joined by Reps. Steve Driehaus (OH-01), Marcy Kaptur (OH-09). Betty Sutton (OH-13), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15), and Tim Ryan (OH-17).

Video of Congressman Space's remarks can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvH3t2lPvs4.

Congressman Space has represented Ohio's 18th Congressional District since 2007. He has been working to restore integrity to the office, and to create the conditions to bring new industry and jobs to Ohio. Recently, Congressman Space launched FIGHTING TO RENEW OHIO, the second phase of his plan to provide long-term economic growth in Ohio's 18th Congressional District.

More information on FIGHTING TO RENEW OHIO is available at http://space.house.gov/RENEW.


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