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

April 19, 2016 Press Release

Today, Seniors Task Force Co-Chairs Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), released the following statement after the President signed the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act:

March 21, 2016 Press Release

Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement in response to the passage of the Older Americans Act reauthorization:

March 4, 2016 Press Release

Today, Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (CA-34) and Seniors Task Force Co-Chairs, Jan Schakowsky (IL-09) and Doris Matsui (CA-06), released the following statement after sending a letter along with 88 other House Democrats to Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to bring forward a budget that does not include further cuts seniors programs.

February 1, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Ranking Member Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (VA-03), Ranking Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, Representative Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training, Representative Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1), Member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Representatives Doris Matsui (CA-6) and Janice Schakowsky (IL-9), Co-Chairs of the Seniors Task Force, urged the Obama Administration to fully fund Older American Act Programs.

December 11, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 4235, The Women’s Pension Protection Act. Earlier in the year Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced the Senate version of the legislation: