Seniors

Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. As the Co-Chair of the House Democrats Task Force on Aging and Families in the House of Representatives, I believe it is essential that we nurture a culture that respects older Americans and that protects the financial and health security that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid provide.

Older Americans have spent many years working to raise families, pay their taxes, protect our country and build our communities. They have the right to the benefits that they have earned and to know that they will have the resources they need in retirement. That is why I so strongly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security or reduce benefits, to turn Medicare over to private insurance companies and turn it into "vouchercare", or jeopardize access to long-term care services by cutting Medicaid and turning it into a block grant. We can ensure the longevity of these programs by making them more efficient. We do not need to cut benefits.

I am also committed to expanding access to the full range of long-term care services and supports, and helping seniors age in place within their own communities. We must build upon the Older Americans Act to meet those needs.

More on Seniors

June 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), and Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) reintroduced the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Restoration Act. Over 8 million Americans, all of them over the age of 65 or with significant disabilities, rely on SSI benefits to meet their basic needs. Currently, SSI benefits provide an average income that is below the poverty line. With the program being largely unchanged since its inception in 1972, the SSI Restoration Act makes critical updates to keep beneficiaries out of poverty.

May 10, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced the projects in her district for which she has submitted funding requests. Earlier this year, Appropriations Committee Chair Rosa DeLauro announced that the annual funding process would once again allow Members of Congress to request funding for specific projects.

April 27, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, announced her virtual guest for President Joe Biden’s first speech to a joint session of Congress.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a senior member of the House Budget Committee, voted to pass President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act, which was approved in the House of Representatives by a vote of 220-211.

March 2, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a Co-chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Aging and Families, led a letter from the Task Force to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig and Social Security Administration Commissioner Andrew Saul. The letter highlights the problems many Seniors have faced in accessing their Economic Impact Payments issued as part of the CARES Act passed by Congress last March.

The letter reads in part:

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