Our nation owes its success to those who have come before us. Congresswoman Slaughter believes that we must take care of our seniors who have contributed so much to our communities and country. She will remain on the frontlines in the fight to provide our nation’s seniors with the health care and financial support they deserve.
- Preserving Social Security: Congresswoman Slaughter is committed to protecting Social Security as one of the pillars of our social security net. This visionary program provides older Americans with the supplemental income necessary to achieve a healthy, stable retirement and has dramatically reduced poverty among older Americans. Without Social Security, one out of every two seniors would fall into poverty. Congresswoman Slaughter will continue to work to ensure that the people who paid into Social Security get their earned benefits.
- Protecting Medicare: Congresswoman Slaughter believes it is critical that seniors have access to affordable health care when they need it the most. Medicare is a national social insurance program that provides health insurance for Americans aged 65 and older. Congresswoman Slaughter has worked on numerous fronts to ensure seniors are able to turn to Medicare for their health needs without fear of finding their benefits reduced or eliminated.
- Protecting Attempts to Privatize Social Security and Medicare: Congresswoman Slaughter has consistently opposed cuts and attempts to privatize Social Security and Medicare and will continue to do so. Congresswoman Slaughter strongly opposes proposals turning Medicare into a voucher program or turning the Medicaid program into a block grant to the states and will continue to oppose efforts by Republicans to repeal aspects of the Affordable Care Act.
- Fighting Fraud: Congresswoman Slaughter is dedicated to ensuring seniors are protected from exploitation and scams. It is unconscionable that fraudsters take advantage of older Americans for personal gain. Congresswoman Slaughter will continue working with communities and members of Congress to raise awareness and end these crimes.
- Oppose Cuts to Social Security: In contrast to countless examples of Republican demands to slash Social Security funding, Congresswoman Slaughter has supported legislation to strengthen Social Security. She currently supports the Social Security Expansion Act, which would lift the $127,000 cap on income subject to Social Security taxes up to $250,000. Currently, while the vast majority of Americans – 94 percent – must make payroll tax contributions on all of their wages, millionaires and billionaires only do so on the first $127,200 of their earnings.
- Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) Relief: Congresswoman Slaughter has supported efforts to provide relief to seniors from rising prices through COLA increases. The Consumer Price Index for the Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) is an outdated formula used to calculate the COLA. Congresswoman Slaughter supports legislation that would update the CPI-W to the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E) which more accurately reflects the costs facing seniors today.
- Affordable Care Act (ACA): Congresswoman Slaughter is proud to have a played a major role in the passage of the ACA in 2010. Since then, she has opposed efforts to repeal, undermine, or defund the law while working to improve it. The ACA is dramatically improving the quality of health care services for seniors, reducing prescription drug costs, and improving access to preventative services. Importantly, the ACA also closed the so-called "donut hole," the gap in coverage under Medicare Part D that has forced seniors to cover some drug costs out of pocket. Since the ACA was enacted, 9.4 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved over $15 billion on prescription drugs, an average of $1,598 per beneficiary. In 2014 alone, nearly 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities saved $4.8 billion, or an average of $941 per beneficiary.
- Fraud Prevention: Congresswoman Slaughter regularly reaches out to seniors to help connect them with the information and resources they need to avoid scams. She is also committed to convening national stakeholders and consumer protection groups to fight fraudulent activities. Congresswoman Slaughter is leading the fight to protect the financial security of Rochester’s seniors. If you believe you are a victim of fraud, please contact her Rochester office at (585) 232-4850.
More on Seniors
This year might have just come to a close, but there are many key issues on our national agenda that are gaining steam as we head into the New Year. Everything from immigration and children’s health insurance to proposed cuts to the social safety net are all on the docket for 2018.
WASHINGTON, DC — During a House Committee on Rules meeting late last night on the Republican bill to provide tax cuts for the wealthy, committee Republicans voted against making several amendments in order under their closed rule, including a Republican amendment to fight sexual assault. That amendment, from Republican committee member Congressman Ken Buck, would eliminate business expensing for legal settlements, fines, fees, and legal expenses associated with sexual assault and sexual harassment.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (NY-25) today led members of Congress and voting rights advocates Martin Luther King III, civil rights leader and president of the group Why Tuesday?, and Norm Ornstein and Bill Wachtel, co-founders Why Tuesday?, at a press conference calling for passage of H.R. 1094, the Weekend Voting Act. Slaughter introduced this legislation to move Election Day from the first Tuesday in November to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November, making it more convenient for voters and increasing turnout.
WASHINGTON, DC — Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (NY-25) issued the following statement on Republican’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget ahead of a committee meeting on the proposal this afternoon.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018:
Not too long ago in this country, employees and their employers worked together to build successful businesses in our communities. These partnerships were built on the idea that an employee’s contribution to his or her company would not be forgotten after they retired. Sadly, the same standard does not apply today.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget request. This outline proposes a $54 billion increase in defense spending paid for with drastic cuts to nondefense programs the American people rely on, impacting everything from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Army Corps of Engineers to the Environmental Protection Agency and the State Department. A full budget is expected to be released in May.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) released the following statement in reaction to President Trump’s address to Congress tonight. Rochester resident Jonathan Siegel attended the president’s address as her guest to highlight how health care reform has expanded and improved health care for millions of Americans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 18 members of the New York Congressional Delegation urged President-elect Donald Trump to consider the catastrophic negative impacts a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on New York State as Republicans continue to dismantle this landmark law. A repeal of the ACA would cause more than 2.7 million New Yorkers to lose health insurance coverage while throwing our entire health care system into chaos.
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter today called for the GOP-led Congress to immediately act to protect seniors and people with disabilities from significant increases in their 2016 Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles. Slaughter is pushing legislation that would fix this problem, keeping Medicare Part B premiums and deductibles for all Medicare enrollees at their current, 2015 levels.