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For decades, Democrats have been the party fighting for seniors and retirees. Democratic presidents created both Medicare and Social Security, two cornerstones of American society that not only grant seniors financial and medical security but also the peace of mind to enjoy their golden years to the fullest.

Democrats believe that a dignified retirement is central to the American Dream and that Medicare and Social Security are the foundation of realizing that dream. In recent years, Democrats have beaten back Republican plans to privatize Social Security—plans that would have exposed the retirement funds of millions of American seniors to great risk on the eve of the financial crisis. Instead, no one lost a penny of Social Security.

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  • 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.

  • See how the GOP sequester is hurting communities nationwide

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share—http://www.gopsequester.com/ to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

    When they chose not to come to the table and stop the sequester, Republicans in Congress declared tax breaks for rich were more important than jobs or education, health care or defense. Check out—and share—http://www.gopsequester.com/ to see how the the GOP sequester is hurting communities across the country.

  • This election is personal

    If you ask supporters from Sioux City to Miami why they support President Obama, they'll tell you stories about their kids, their grandkids, their student loan debt. "2008 was historic; 2012 is personal" is more than a campaign catchphrase—it's a reality for so many folks like Jack, who stopped by a Gotta Vote event near his home in Coconut Creek, Florida, yesterday. This year really is personal.

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June 28, 2013
The treaty facilitates the development and distribution of accessible-format print works within the framework of the international copyright system.
Protecting Medicare payments and helping preserve employee pensions
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Creating greater health care competition and accountability
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