While it’s nearly unanimous that something needs to be done to shore up Social Security, it’s been a struggle to come to a consensus on how to fix the ailing program. But that may be changing. The Social Security Expansion Act, which was introduced by Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat from Oregon, and Senator Bernie Sanders, an Independent from Vermont, is gaining traction on Capitol Hill.
A handful of powerful Senators have pledged alliance with Sen. Sanders, including Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.),
In the House of Representatives, 19 lawmakers have already signed on to join Rep. DeFazio’s efforts. They include: Steve Cohen (TN-09), Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Stephen Lynch (MA-08), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10), Jamaal Bowman (NY-16), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Alma Adams (NC-12), Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Shelia Jackson Lee (TX-18), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), Michael F.Q. San Nicolas (GU-00), and Jim McGovern, (MA-02).
In addition, more than 50 nationwide originations have endorsed this legislation, including AFL-CIO, Social Security Works, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), The Senior Citizen’s League (TSCL), Alliance for Retired Americans, Economic Opportunity Institute, Campaign For America’s Future, MoveOn, and the National Organization for Women (NOW).