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For Immediate Release

Linda Benesch, 240-342-4301,

Democratic Control of the Senate Is a Victory for Social Security

The following is a statement from


The following is a statement from Nancy Altman, President of Social Security Works, on Democrats gaining control of the Senate:

"This is a victory for every current and future Social Security beneficiary. Joe Biden and the Democratic Party ran on a promise to protect and expand Social Security benefits. Thanks to the Georgia victories, they are poised to accomplish that promise.

Expanding Social Security is overwhelmingly bipartisan - supported by large majorities of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents. But for years, Mitch McConnell and Congressional Republicans have ignored their own voters and insisted that the only way Congress should address Social Security is by going behind closed doors and cutting benefits.

Nor is Social Security expansion the only popular policy McConnell has been blocking at the behest of his corporate donors. Lowering drug prices by cracking down on big pharma monopolies is popular across party lines. And a full 81 percent of voters support $2000 stimulus checks.

Voters have spoken, and given Democrats control of Congress and the White House. If Democrats want to keep that control in 2022 and beyond, they should hold widely publicized hearings, and bring the legislation to a vote. If McConnell tries to stand in the way, he can enjoy many years in the minority!"

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.