On 83rd Anniversary of Social Security, McClintock Continues to Slash It

McClintock chairs committee trying to cut Social Security and raise retirement age


Tuesday, August 14th, 2018
Makaiah Mohler, (530) 913-3242, makaiah@morse4congress.com
Anthony Kusich, (916) 288-2228, anthony.kusich@deweysquare.com

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Today marks the 83rd anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law, a major achievement that has kept more seniors out of poverty than any other program in the nation's history. On this day in 1935, Roosevelt was explicit in the goals of the law, stating that he "tried to frame a law which will give some measure of protection to the average citizen and to his family against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age."

Yet decades later, career politician Rep. Tom McClintock continues to chip away at the protections afforded under the law by voting for a tax bill that will gut Social Security and Medicare to give tax breaks to special interests at the expense of middle-class families – like those in the 4th Congressional District, who will see their property taxes skyrocket by thousands of dollars each year as a result. As chair of the Republican Study Committee Budget and Spending Task Force, McClintock supported a budget that proposes paying for the $1.9 trillion deficit he helped create by raising the retirement age to 70 and slashing $4 billion from Social Security. Studies have shown that 40% of seniors would live below the poverty line without Social Security.
"Social Security is a promise to our seniors that they can retire with dignity, but Tom McClintock has voted time and time again to gut the Social Security benefits that nearly a quarter of our community relies on," said Jessica Morse, McClintock's opponent in the November election. "I'm running for Congress because we need a fighter who will protect seniors instead of slashing benefits and raising the retirement age. l'll work to make sure the program remains solvent for generations to come. Seniors invest in Social Security and they deserve to get a return on their investment."

Last week, Morse was endorsed by the national organization Social Security Works for her pledge to protect Social Security and Medicare while working to lower the cost of prescription drugs.

McClintock is facing his toughest re-election test since his first race in 2008. He trailed Morse in fundraising by a more than two-to-one margin in the most recent finance quarter, taking in only $223,000 to Morse's $543,000. Additionally, every major political prognosticator has moved the race out of the "Safe Republican" category, including Inside Elections, the Cook Political Report, UVA's Crystal Ball, and CNN. In fact, McClintock's 51% showing in June was the lowest total he's ever received in a 4th district primary. Morse was also recently added to the DCCC's Red to Blue program, which highlights the most competitive Congressional races across the country.