Ms. TITUS. Mr. Speaker, for 75 years, older Americans have relied on the guaranteed benefit that Social Security provides. This monthly check provides a safety net from poverty and is a key component to a dignified retirement after a lifetime of work. Seniors contributed to Social Security. They earned it. They deserve it. They depend on it.
As we celebrate 75 years of this outstanding program, it is once again under attack by Republicans who want to dismantle the system and spend trillions of dollars in a risky privatization scheme that gambles senior citizens' savings in the stock market while lining the pockets of Wall Street. Does that sound familiar? Well, it should. Republicans tried to do the same thing under the Bush administration. This represents yet another attempt to return to the failed policies that created the worst economic situation since the Great Depression.
Well, I stand here committed to fighting back against such programs and protecting Social Security so that 30,000 seniors in southern Nevada who depend on it won't be abandoned in their golden years.