Schatz Statement on Anniversary of Social Security

Honolulu, HI—Today, Senator Brian Schatz released the following statement on the 78th Anniversary of the passage of the Social Security Act:

“On the 78th anniversary of the passage of Social Security, we should acknowledge the program’s tremendous success, as well as the ways to strengthen and enhance it,” said Senator Brian Schatz. “I will be working with Senator Tom Harkin and our colleagues in Congress to pass the Harkin-Schatz bill so that Social Security will continue to keep America’s seniors out of poverty for generations to come. Social Security is the most successful antipoverty program in United States history--we need to be enhancing it, not undermining it.”

Last week, Senator Schatz laid out a plan, along with Senator Tom Harkin from Iowa, that will expand and enhance Social Security for Hawaii’s seniors and future generations.  The Harkin-Schatz bill will enhance and add longevity to the Social Security program, increase benefits by about $65 per month, allow the real costs that seniors face to be considered when calculating benefits, and remove the wage cap to make it fair for all Americans.

To read Senator Schatz and Senator Harkin’s op-ed in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, click below.

Op-Ed in Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Making wealthy pay more would allow Social Security to expand benefits

To read and view coverage of Senator Schatz’s Press Conference in Honolulu, please see below.

Hawaii News Now (VIDEO): Harkin-Schatz Bill Would Allow Seniors to Retire in Dignity, Not Poverty

Hawaii News Now: Schatz introduces Social Security legislation
“U.S. Senator Brian Schatz has partnered with Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa to create legislation that would increase Social Security benefits by about $65 a month. Schatz says their plan would also change the way the annual cost of living is adjusted to reflect the real costs seniors face. If approved, the Harkin-Schatz bill would also remove the current wage cap.”

KHON2 (VIDEO): Schatz Introduces Bill to Strengthen Social Security Benefits

KHON2: Sen. Schatz introduces bill to increase Social Security benefits
“Some big changes could be on the way for Hawaii seniors who rely on Social Security. Sen. Brian Schatz has introduced a bill to strengthen benefits.”

KITV (VIDEO): Schatz Seeking to Increase Benefits and to Ensure Solvency

AP: Schatz promotes Social Security legislation
“Sen. Brian Schatz is promoting legislation he's co-sponsoring with fellow Democratic Sens. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Mark Begich of Alaska. Schatz told reporters today the bill would keep Social Security solvent through 2049 and increase benefits by about $65 a month.”

The Garden Island: More kala for the kupuna
“U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii and State Rep. Chris Lee held a press conference Thursday in Honolulu as part of a rally with activists to urge other state and federal leaders to support seniors and promise not to cut benefits.”