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Social Security

Our Social Security system provides a right for every American to age with dignity, and Social Security Disability Insurance provides a crucial safety net for the 43,895 working-age Vermonters with disabilities. As the daughter of a mother with multiple sclerosis, SSI and SSDI are personal to me.

Rising inflation has stretched the pocketbooks of older Vermonters thin – thousands of Vermonters rely on these benefits to buy groceries, heat their homes, put gas in their cars, and pay for ever-more-expensive prescription drugs. Furthermore, this crucial safety net faces serious financial challenges that threaten its future.

Congress must act to reform inefficiencies in SSI and SSDI and ensure its long-term financial health, and expand benefits to meet the rising cost of living for aging Americans.

In Congress, I’ll fight to protect and expand Social Security by:

  • Supporting repeal of Social Security “taxable maximum,” which exempts workers from paying Social Security taxes on earnings over $142,800.
  • Eliminating the SSDI “benefit cliff.”
  • Increasing benefits for workers through granting Social Security caregiver credits to workers — who are usually women — who take time off to care for their family.
  • Strengthening cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) so they are based on the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly — which would more accurately reflect inflation on the price of goods that seniors purchase.
  • Supporting restoration of Social Security survivors’ student benefit until age 22 if the child is a full-time student.
  • Opposing the increase of the retirement age on future retirees.

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