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 16, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — (June 16, 2010) Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) commended Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for introducing a Senate resolution urging adoption of a Seniors Bill of Rights. It is the companion resolution to H. Res. 1342 , the Seniors Bill of Rights introduced in May by Rep. Schakowsky, Co-Chair of the Seniors Task Force and co-sponsored by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Seniors Task Force. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) co-sponsored the Senate resolution.

May 26, 2010 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (May 25, 2010) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) released the following remarks as prepared for delivery today at the first roundtable of the Congressional Seniors' Task Force of the Democratic Caucus. The discussion was held to address economic issues facing American seniors and to lay the groundwork for future legislative solutions. Attendees included legislators, experts and seniors advocates.

January 27, 2010 Press Release

Washington, DC (January 27, 2010): Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) today introduced the Technology Bill of Rights for the Blind (H.R. 4533), which will mandate that all consumer electronics, home appliances, kiosks, and electronic office technology provide user interfaces that are accessible to the blind.