SOCIAL SECURITY: 78 Years Later, a Promise to Seniors and the Vulnerable that Endures

Seventy-eight years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, making a promise to America’s seniors to help them retire with the dignity and security they earned through a lifetime of hard work. Social Security has provided millions of Americans a level of stability for not only retirees, but also for individuals with disabilities and those receiving survivor benefits.

Today, I am proud to stand with President Obama as we continue to fulfill the promise made so many years ago. Democrats remain committed to preserving and protecting Social Security for millions of seniors across the country and for future generations of Americans. We believe that a sustainable retirement does not just have to be a benefit for the privileged few, but for all hard-working Americans.  This assistance helps make sure seniors can pay their bills, buy groceries, and purchase life-saving medications.

Seventy-eight years later, Social Security continues to ensure Americans can live with the dignity they deserve—part of the vision that if you work hard and put in your time, you have earned the basic benefits of a secure future. I stand by the President as we work to continue that vision, and live up to the promises made to our nation’s seniors by fighting to strengthen and protect their hard-earned benefits.