During these tough economic times, Congressman Murphy realizes that vulnerable seniors face continued uncertainty about their future- and he has been tireless in the fight to protect Social Security.
In 2006, when President Bush and other Republicans wanted to privatize Social Security, Congressman Murphy stood up for seniors and strongly opposed their plans. Privatization would have proven disastrous during the economic downturn of the last several years, as seniors' benefits would have been tied to the volatile stock market: Americans who had worked and paid into the system their entire lives would have been left with nothing.
Congressman Murphy supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which provided seniors with an additional $250 in Social Security to help them through the financial downturn. Murphy also supports the Social Security Fairness Act, legislation that ensures that workers who have dedicated their lives to public service receive the benefits they or their spouses have earned throughout their careers, ensuring their retirement security.