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For Immediate Release

Linda Benesch, 240-342-4301,

McConnell's COVID Response: Cut Social Security

The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works,


The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, in response to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announcing that the TRUST Act is included in the Republican coronavirus package:

"The TRUST Act creates a closed-door process to fast-track cuts to Social Security. It is a way to undermine the economic security of Americans without political accountability.

Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and all Congressional Republicans have made their priorities clear. In the midst of a catastrophic pandemic, they should be focused on protecting seniors, essential workers, and the unemployed. Instead, they are plotting to use the cover of the pandemic to slash Social Security.

It is no surprise that seniors are increasingly turning against the Republican Party. They are doing nothing to protect seniors and people with disabilities; rather, they are working overtime to cut our earned benefits.

Republicans claim that the TRUST Act is about deficit reduction, but that is patently false. Even conservative president Ronald Reagan understood that Social Security does not add a penny to the deficit.

Democrats must stand united and unequivocally reject any package that includes the TRUST Act."

Read more about how the TRUST Act threatens Social Security here.

Social Security Works' mission is to: Protect and improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk populations; Safeguard the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security; and Maintain Social Security as a vehicle of social justice.