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.

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February 20, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C.– This week, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky joined 117 of her colleagues in asking that President Barack Obama reject the chained CPI in his budget recommendations.  Last year, Schakowsky organized a letter – signed by more than half of the Democratic Caucus – expressing opposition to the chained CPI. Today President Obama has officially announced that he is taking chained CPI off the table in his Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

April 29, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC (April 29, 2013) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following video statement on chained CPI:

Rep. Jan Schakowsky's Video Message


February 15, 2013 Press Release

Washington, DC (February 15, 2013) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky and 106 House Democrats, a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives, wrote to President Obama today, urging him to reject any proposals to cut benefits millions of American families depend upon through Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The letter was led by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Reps. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), and Rep Donna Edwards (D-MD).

October 16, 2012 Press Release

More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent


Washington, D.C. (October 16, 2012) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement after today's announcement of a 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase for 56 million Social Security recipients: