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

October 13, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Today, Seniors Task Force Chairs Reps. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), along with Vice Chairs Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Debbie Dingell (D-MI), and Charlie Crist (D-FL), released the following statement on the announcement of a 2 percent Social Security COLA increase for beneficiaries:

July 13, 2017 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement in response to the 2017 Social Security and Medicare trustees reports:

“For generations, millions and millions of Americans have benefitted from Social Security and Medicare. Today’s reports show that they will be able to continue their great work for generations to come with only small improvements to both programs.

January 25, 2017 Press Release
Reps. Roybal-Allard, Beatty, Lujan Grisham, Dingell, and Crist to join Co-Chairs Matsui & Schakowsky as part of Task Force Leadership
December 9, 2016 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on the introduction of Legislation that would severely cut Social Security benefits:

October 18, 2016 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after the Social Security Administration announced a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for 2017 of 0.3%: