Enhancing Social Security

Floor Speech

Date: March 7, 2022
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Madam Speaker, I am here to commend Chairman Neal and the Racial Equity Initiative headed by Terri Sewell, Steve Horsford, and Jimmy Gomez, and also to recognize Joyce Beatty, for the work that they have done in bringing forward the inequity that has existed in this country for far too long.

More than 5 million of our fellow Americans get below poverty-level checks from Social Security because the Congress of the United States has not done anything to enhance Social Security in more than 50 years.

Whom does that affect the most? It affects women of color and women specifically--people who held jobs who weren't earning the same kind of salary or wages and people who were caregivers at home for their children.

Help is on the way. Social Security 2100 is coming to the floor, and finally, millions of Americans who get below poverty-level checks after having worked all their lives and paid into a system are going to get what they richly deserve.