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Friday, August 14th, 2015

Chair Nancy Worley on the 80th Anniversary of Social Security

Today marks the 80th Anniversary of the highly utilized Social Security program in the United States of America. Before the passage of Social Security, thousands of older Alabamians were poverty stricken, countless widows had no pensions, and numerous disabled workers had no income. Social Security changed the future for these citizens and gave hope to the hopeless.

Today, over one million Alabamians are the beneficiaries of Social Security, and more than half of those individuals rely on Social Security to provide 50 percent or more of their income. As a result of the 80-year-old Social Security Act, senior citizens can live independently for a longer time, widows are not left destitute, and disabled workers can put food on their tables.

Social Security is a cornerstone of American life, but it is under constant attack by Republicans in Congress and by current Republican Presidential contenders. While Democrats strongly support Social Security, we urge all our lawmakers to be vigilant against attacks on this very beneficial, successful program for eighty years.