Iowa Democrats Commemorate 78th Anniversary of Social Security

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For Immediate Release:
August 14, 2013

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Christina Freundlich
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IOWA DEMOCRATS COMMEMORATE 78TH ANNIVERSARY OF SOCIAL SECURITY

Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Democratic Party released the following statement today marking the 78th anniversary of the day President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, on August 14, 1935. Statement can be attributed to Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan:

“Seventy-eight years ago, we made a pledge to America’s seniors that after a lifetime of hard work they would be able to retire with the dignity and security they had earned.  Today, President Obama and the Democratic Party remain dedicated to protecting and strengthening Social Security for millions of present and future generations of America’s seniors.

“Unfortunately, Republicans are not staying true to this sacred trust between seniors and our country.  Congressional Republicans’ budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires could mean significant cuts to Social Security and would jeopardize benefits for future generations.  After all, this is a party who in recent years proposed privatizing Social Security and turning Medicare into a voucher program.

“Here in Iowa, Congressmen Steve King and Tom Latham have a choice: They can stand with the mainstream Republicans who are recklessly placing Social Security in jeopardy or they can stand with Iowa’s seniors.

“On the 78th birthday of Social Security, we know the very last thing we ought to be doing is playing politics with the retirement security of millions of America’s seniors.  President Obama has stood up for America’s seniors since day one and we know he will continue fighting to strengthen and protect their hard-earned benefits.”

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