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Issue Position: Social Security

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As Secretary of State and State Senator, Elaine Marshall has fought to protect seniors and she'll do the same thing in the U.S. Senate.

The American people know that we have to get our economic house in order, but in attacking Social Security, conservatives like Richard Burr have picked the wrong target.

Hardworking Americans have paid into Social Security, and we must honor their commitment by ensuring they receive full benefits in their retirement. Elaine Marshall understands that the current recession and long-term economic trends have left Americans increasingly reliant on Social Security, and she'll fight to protect this vital program, now and in the future.

Make sure seniors get the full benefits they deserve: Social Security and Medicare are the bedrock of financial security for our seniors. In this recession, now more than ever, we have to fight to ensure seniors get the full benefits they deserve. As U.S. Senator Elaine Marshall will oppose attempts to cut or limit benefits to our seniors. The long-term solvency and viability of Social Security must be protected--but we can and should do this without reducing essential income for the elderly.

Stop Raiding The Social Security Trust Fund: The Social Security Trust Fund is meant to protect and guarantee the long-term solvency of Social Security. But politicians using Washington budget gimmicks have raided the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for unrelated programs and measures. Elaine Marshall understands the importance of protecting the long-term solvency and viability of Social Security, and will fight this reckless and dishonest practice and protect the Social Security Trust Fund.

Stand firm against risky privatization schemes: Privatization schemes like those pushed by George W. Bush and Richard Burr would hand-over our hard-earned savings to the very Wall Street firms that brought on this mess. As the backbone of a stable and secure retirement, Elaine Marshall knows that we have to protect Social Security. She'll fight schemes that would leave our Social Security vulnerable to Wall Street risk-taking.

Encourage Savings with Automatic Workplace Pensions: With the disappearance of workplace pensions and declines in personal savings, Americans are now reliant on Social Security for a larger proportion of their retirement income than was ever intended. We can and should do more to encourage retirement savings and promote financial health and literacy. Elaine Marshall supports common sense solutions like "Automatic IRAs' that would automatically enroll employees in workplace pension plans, making it easier for Americans to save for retirement.

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