Udall: Anniversary, Story of Ida May Fuller Shows Why Congress Must Strengthen Social Security

Press Release

By:  Mark Udall
Date: Jan. 31, 2013
Location: Unknown

Mark Udall called on Congress today -- the 73rd anniversary of the first Social Security check being issued -- to strengthen Social Security even as talks move forward to reduce the deficit and get our country's fiscal house in order.

"Social Security is the foundation of our country's obligation to support those who have worked all their lives to make America the great nation it is today. Although the program has grown and changed since that first check arrived in Ida May Fuller's mailbox in 1940, her lifetime of work is the story of nearly every retiree today who relies on Social Security," Udall said. "Even as we look to address the deficit and get our fiscal house in order, we need to keep Ida's story in mind and remember why this program is so important to Colorado and our country. That's why I am committed to strengthening Social Security and ensuring that hardworking Americans who paid into Social Security all of their lives can count on this critical program when they retire."

Social Security supports 56.8 million retirees and other beneficiaries, including more than 721,000 in Colorado. The number of Social Security enrollees is expected to increase by 23 percent by 2020 and 54 percent by 2030.

Udall has tirelessly worked to strengthen Social Security. His balance-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution included a Social Security "lockbox" to prevent Congress from dipping into the program to balance the budget.

To learn more about how to apply for Social Security benefits or to request assistance, visit Udall's website or the Social Security Administration online.