Steve believes the federal government must honor the commitments that have been made to our seniors. As Congress debates the future of Medicare and Social Security, Americans who are at or near retirement age deserve the peace of mind in knowing that they will receive their Medicare and Social Security benefits, while ensuring the solvency of both programs for future generations. That’s exactly what Steve is fighting to do.
Steve has voted for a House budget plan would make absolutely no change in Medicare benefits for those who have reached or are nearing retirement age, while ensuring the long-term viability of the program. Steve also voted to restore half-a-trillion dollars in Medicare funding that was eliminated by the government run health care law. During the debate over an increase in the debt limit, Steve stood up to both parties and voted against a plan that led to additional “sequestration” budget cuts for Medicare beneficiaries.
Similar common sense reforms are necessary to preserve Social Security. The truth is that the out of control spending by our government is what has put the solvency of the Social Security at risk. The trustees of Social Security have projected that they would “start paying out more in benefits than it collects in taxes in 2016 and that the trust fund will be depleted by 2037.”
Steve is working in Congress to achieve long-term, common sense solutions that protect Medicare and Social Security in its current form for our seniors while strengthening the programs for our children and grandchildren.