Just days ago, Democratic Policy and Communications Committee (DPCC) Co-Chair David N. Cicilline (RI-District 1) spoke with residents at Rumford Towers, where he released a 24-page report prepared by the House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force. The new report, “The Republican Record on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security: Attacks on Benefits Seniors Have Earned and Deserve,” details the long history of GOP attacks on the benefits seniors have earned.
The House Democratic Caucus Senior Task Force report was released ahead of the 53rd anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid being signed into law on July 30, 1965 and the 83rd anniversary of Social Security on August 14. The Task Force Co-chairs, Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) joined the House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to unveil this new report.
At the Rumford Towers event, Cicilline, who serves as a member of the House Democratic Leadership, also outlined the ways a Democratic majority in the U.S. House will fight for seniors. The Rhode Island Congressman is pushing to reestablish the House Committee on Aging, a senate panel that would put the spotlight on senior issues and work to create bipartisan legislative fixes.
Strengthening Social Security and Medicare
“After a lifetime of hard work, Rhode Island seniors deserve to live their retirement years with dignity and economic security. That won’t happen if Republicans get their way. Their record is clear – Republicans want to bring us back to the days when some folks could afford to retire and everyone else was on their own. We can do better,” said Cicilline, warning that the Republican House and Senate will continue to make deep cuts in Social Security, Medicare and other aging programs if they continue to be the majority in both chambers.
“If Democrats take the majority this November, we will do everything we can to bring down the cost of prescription drugs and strengthen Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, said CIcilline, pledging to fight “for the people, not the special interests, and make sure that all seniors will be able to live their retirement years with dignity and without worrying that their basic needs are met here in Rhode Island and all across our country.”
Democrats are fighting For The People, said the Congressman, noting that last year he worked closely with fellow DPCC Co-Chairs, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries of New York and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos of Illinois, to craft a serious plan to lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate with the pharmaceutical industry, cracking down on price gouging, and requiring companies to release hard data to justify any proposed price increase.
Cicilline also called for the passage of The Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act, which he has co-sponsored. He noted that this legislation will extend the solvency of Social Security by decades and provide seniors with a stronger cost-of-living adjustment by requiring the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share.
For a copy of the House Democratic Caucus Seniors Task Force’s new report , go to http://schakowsky.house.gov/uploads/Seniors%20Task%20Force%20Report%207.24.18.pdf.