This week, we celebrate the 77th anniversary of Social Security. As we commemorate this landmark legislation, I am reminded of a promise made 77 years ago--a promise that old age will not force hard-working Americans into poverty and destitution.
Over the years, we have worked to make sure that promise has been continually strengthened. More than 136,000 people receive Social Security benefits in western Wisconsin alone. I vow to continue fighting to preserve this program for generations to come and protect it from those who want to undermine and dismantle it.
There are those in Congress that are again threatening to privatize Social Security. We cannot allow that to happen. Social Security is a foundation of our society, based on the premise that if you work hard and play by the rules you will have the stability and security of guaranteed income in your older years. Hard-working Americans who have paid into the system for almost their entire lives have earned this guaranteed benefit.
For 77 years, Social Security has provided the foundation for Americans' retirement security and it should be preserved for generations to come. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over Social Security, I am committed to work across the aisle to strengthen the program.