Ask Your Candidates How They Will Protect, Preserve, and Defend Social Security

Posted on 09/23/20

Jessica worked for 35 years in her local Social Security Office. She helped thousands of Americans get connected to the life-changing benefits due to them. These stories remind us of just how critical it is that our candidates for 2020 demonstrate a real plan to preserve, protect, and defend Social Security as we launch into November.

Social Security has remained strong over its 85-year history largely because of its dedicated funding, vigorous support from the American people and the commitment of elected officials to work together in order to make the changes needed to secure its future.

Here in Maine, approximately 260,000 individuals age 65-plus receive Social Security checks each month. It is estimated that one third of these beneficiaries have no other source of income. The importance of strengthening Social Security now and for future generations cannot be overstated.

According to the most recent Social Security Trustees report, Social Security is projected to be able to pay full benefits for just over 15 years — until 2035. Congress and the White House need to take action to ensure full benefits can continue to be paid after 2035.

Watch this short video from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins posted on Facebook on August 10th: "We ask you to join the fight to keep Social Security strong for today's and future generations."

Take Action: AARP Maine encourages all Maine voters to take action this election season and ask the candidates how they intend to protect this program which has become a vital safety net for so many Americans, young and old.

For more information, please visit our Social Security feature here on our website or go to aarp.org/election2020.

This story is provided by AARP Maine. Visit the AARP Maine page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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