Signature needed: Expand Social Security

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Social Security must be expanded, not cut

The petition to Congress reads:
"Social Security is the most successful anti-poverty program in U.S. history. I urge you to support efforts to expand Social Security and reject any attempt to cut benefits."

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Dear 5849376,

Republicans in Congress are in the midst of an all-out attack on Social Security1 – pushing the specious argument that we need to cut benefits now so we won't have to cut them later.

But the fact is, Social Security works – and an overwhelming majority of Americans want the program to be expanded, not cut.

Progressives in Congress are making plans right now for a major effort to expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the program's finances by making the wealthy pay their fair share into the trust fund. Let's make sure Congress knows there's huge grassroots support for expanding Social Security.

Sign the petition: Social Security should be expanded, not cut. Click here to sign the petition.

There's no shortage of smart ideas for expanding and strengthening our Social Security system. Just yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders proposed raising the cap on earnings that are subject to the Social Security payroll tax, which would force the wealthy to pay their fair share into the trust fund.2

Other proposals are being considered to modify the formula used to make cost-of-living adjustments to more accurately reflect inflation on products and services seniors buy, and to expand benefits across-the-board.

But Congressional Republicans want to go in the opposite direction – forcing unnecessary benefit cuts that would be devastating for millions of retired Americans, military veterans and Americans living with disabilities.

Last month, more than 200,000 CREDO activists signed our petition telling Republicans in Congress not to cut Social Security benefits under any circumstances. Now it's time to go on the offensive.

I hope you'll join us in sending a strong message to members of Congress in both parties: Social Security should be expanded, not cut.

Sign the petition: Expand Social Security now! Click here to sign the petition.

Thanks for fighting to expand Social Security.

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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1. "Republicans planning stealth attack on Social Security, Democrats fear," Washington Post, February 9, 2015.
2. "Bernie Sanders: Raise taxes on the wealthy to save Social Security," The Hill, February 10, 2015.

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