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Congresswomen Lori Trahan Hosts Congressman John Larson for Social Security Town Hall Meeting with Merrimack Valley Seniors

Washington, November 4, 2019

HAVERHILL, MA – Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03) hosted Congressman John Larson (CT-01) for a Social Security Town Hall meeting with seniors in the Merrimack Valley to discuss the work Congress is doing to expand and strengthen Social Security and advocate for seniors. 

Congressman Larson serves as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee and is a national leader on this issue. Representatives Trahan and Larson are working together to strengthen Social Security by passing the Social Security 2100 Act, which provides an across-the-board increase for all beneficiaries, improves the cost-of-living-adjustment, and provides a tax break to over 12 million Social Security recipients.

“The Social Security program reflects our values as Americans. We must prioritize supporting seniors and ensuring they have the resources to comfortably retire. For decades, this earned benefit has provided a vital source of economic stability for retirees and for people with disabilities. The Social Security 2100 Act is a critical piece of legislation that will improve benefits while preserving Social Security and the stability that it provides for generations to come,” said Rep. Lori Trahan. “It was an honor to host Congressman John Larson -- my friend, colleague, and national leader on this issue in Haverhill today to discuss this bill and so many other things the House is working on to support seniors across the United States.”

“The Social Security 2100 Act ensures that benefits are paid in full throughout this century and beyond. I’m especially proud to have Lori Trahan as an original co-sponsor of the 2100 Act. The 3rd District of Massachusetts could not have a stronger champion of Social Security,” said Rep. John Larson. “Social Security affects every American and it’s time that we expand the program!”

The Social Security 2100 Act, also known as H.R. 860, provides the following:

  • An across-the-board benefit increase for current and new beneficiaries
  • An improved cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that takes into account the true costs incurred by seniors
  • A stronger minimum benefit, so someone who works their whole life does not retire into poverty
  • A tax cut for over 12 million Social Security recipients by eliminating the tax on their benefits

Social Security is the most important source of retirement income for 4 out of 5 seniors. It also provides protections to disabled workers and families who have lost a breadwinner. With common sense steps like those in the Social Security 2100 Act, Congress can improve benefits while ensuring Social Security remains finally strong throughout the century. 

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