Every American who worked hard and played by the rules deserves to retire with dignity. All of us deserve the peace of mind that comes when basic necessities are covered through Medicare and Social Security. I have stood against Congressional Republican efforts to dismantle Medicare and privatize Social Security, because these institutions have done a remarkable job of ending desperate poverty among our seniors.
In 1967, almost a third of American seniors lived in poverty. Today, thanks to Medicare and Social Security, less than ten percent of American seniors live in poverty. We have more work to do, particularly in creating more job opportunities for seniors who want to work, improving nursing room care, and expanding vital services like dental and vision coverage to all seniors, but to my last breath, I will fight back against any effort to roll back support for seniors.
I've introduced the "Fair COLA for Seniors Act" to create a new cost of living adjustment (COLA) calculation for Social Security that actually reflects how retirees spend their money – especially in health care. This would result in a better, fairer COLA for seniors and disabled Americans.
For more information concerning my work and views on the issue of Seniors, please contact my Washington, DC office.
I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.
--Congressman John Garamendi
More on Seniors
WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced the “Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2021” (H.R.4315).
Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), Chairman of the Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness, hosted two Veteran Advisory meetings in Marysville and Vacaville to deliver an update on his work to support veterans, and to hear from the community about the issues impacting local veterans. Garamendi was joined by Max Richtman, President of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, to address issues for older veterans, such as their health, retirement security, and the high cost of prescription drugs.
Dixon & Yuba City, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) hosted a Senior Service Roundtable and Manufacturing Advisory Meeting in his district to deliver an update on the state of affairs in Washington and engage with his constituents on a wide array of topics. In Dixon, Garamendi convened elected officials and members of his Manufacturing Advisory Committee at Altec’s facility to discuss the local manufacturing sector.
Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted for two bipartisan appropriations bills to fund the federal government through the 2020 fiscal year. The $1.4 trillion spending deal funds nearly aspect of the federal government and includes $25 million in long-sought funding for critical research into gun violence at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. The legislation is expected to be signed into law later this week.
Fairfield, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), delivered the keynote address at the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Empowerment-Early Detection Matters event in Solano County to discuss advancements in Alzheimer’s research.
WASHINGTON, DC-Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1553, the Fair COLA for Seniors Act of 2019. This bill would require Social Security to use the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) to calculate a fairer cost of living adjustment (COLA)for seniors. The bill would increase benefits and ensure that cost of living adjustments in Social Security reflect the real rising costs for seniors and disabled Americans. From 1982 to 2011, CPI-E rose at an annual average rate of 3.1 percent, compared with 2.9 percent for the methods that are currently used.
Congressman Garamendi is hosting a series of senior conversations and town halls throughout the 3rd District to focus on issues impacting the senior community and other local interests. On May 19th, Congressman Garamendi will be at the Pioneer High School Theater on 1400 Pioneer Avenue Woodland from 1:00-2:30 pm to hear from his constituents and deliver an update on the state of affairs in Washington.
Congressman Garamendi is hosting a series of senior conversations and town halls throughout the 3rd District to focus on issues impacting the senior community and other local interests. On May 12th, Congressman Garamendi will be at the Rio Vista Senior Center on 25 Main St, Rio Vista, CA 94571 4:00-5:30 pm to hear from his constituents and deliver an update on the state of affairs in Washington.