Responding to comments from House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor that the Social Security program "cannot exist" in the future, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley released the following statement:
"Those attacking Social Security don't want it around for future generations or they would be working to strengthen the program, not eliminate it. This program not only protects seniors, it also provides assistance to disabled Americans, widows and widowers and children who have lost a parent. The goal of these critics is to "privatize' Social Security -- something I fought when George Bush was in the White House and that I continue to oppose today. To say that Social Security cannot exist in the future is to say that Nevadans don't deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing that if they're permanently disabled, lose a spouse, or just reach their golden years, this program will provide them with vital financial support that cannot be exhausted. Americans who contribute to Social Security have earned their benefits and I will defend against any effort to dismantle this program now or in the future," said Congresswoman Shelley Berkley.