Langevin to Host Special Order on Preserving Social Security

Mar 6, 2002 Issues: Social Security

(Washington, D.C.)–Congressman Jim Langevin today announced that he, along with Congressman Brad Carson (D-OK) and Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA), will host a Special Order on the House Floor this evening to discuss the importance of preserving Social Security. 

 Rhode Island ranks fifth in the nation for the percentage of residents over 75 and sixth in the nation for those over 65.  In the Second Congressional District alone, 110,000 people rely on Social Security for their livelihood.

“While we must provide for homeland security, we can win the war on terrorism without raiding the Social Security Trust Fund,” said Congressman Langevin.  “As the House debates fiscal year 2003 budget proposals, I will fight for a budget that safeguards Social Security and Medicare without sacrificing a strong national defense.”

 The Administration's budget proposes that the Treasury divert $1.5 trillion of the Social Security Trust Fund surplus to other spending over the next ten years.

 As Congress considers next year’s budget, Langevin and his Democratic colleagues will seek to protect our nation’s elderly from poverty and poor healthcare, while pursuing the war on terrorism and fortifying homeland security.  To meet the significant needs of our country’s rapidly growing senior population, Langevin will prioritize Social Security and Medicare and will insist upon a budget that reflects that choice.