Seniors

It is critically important that we protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare for people with disabilities and our seniors. These are programs that seniors have paid into their entire lives, and it is unconscionable to slash these benefits to pay for more tax breaks to the wealthiest among us.  I am staunchly opposed to any plan that cuts these critical programs that ensure our seniors and people with disabilities do not have to live in poverty. We must protect and strengthen Social Security and Medicare because our seniors deserve to retire with dignity.

Protecting and Strengthening Social Security 

Social Security is among the most important programs ever created by our government. Older Americans have worked hard and made sacrifices to ensure a better, stronger country for future generations. They deserve a secure, healthy retirement. 

I am invested in increasing benefits for current beneficiaries while making Social Security stronger for future generations. It will improve the short-term and long-term health of Social Security in three ways.

  • Increase benefits for all Social Security beneficiaries by about $70 per month;

  • Change the way the Social Security Administration calculates the Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA), ensuring that benefits better reflect the increasing costs facing seniors today; and

  • Phase out the current taxable cap of $113,700 to ensure that wealthy Americans contribute the same percentage of their wage earnings to Social Security as everyone else.

More on Seniors

June 29, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act today.  The bill (H.R. 1425) would allow more middle-class individuals and families to qualify for health care subsidies through tax credits to lower Americans’ health insurance premiums.  Under the bill, a family of four earning $40,000 would save nearly $1,600 every year and a 64-year-old earning $57,420 would save more than $8,700 every year.

May 13, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) announced support for The Heroes Act, the latest legislation to address the continued coronavirus public health crisis.  The bill would provide support for struggling families and essential workers with funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers, and more direct payments to the American people. 

March 14, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act early this morning to help Americans handle the economic effects of the coronavirus.  The bill would provide billions in financial assistance to all 50 states, including $810 million in additional Medicaid funding to New Jersey.    

Rep. Payne, Jr. said the country needed the funding to support Americans who are suffering from the global pandemic.     

March 13, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. issued the follow statement today after President Trump invoked the Stafford Act and declared a national state of emergency to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

March 10, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. lead a subcommittee hearing today that found the United States could handle the amount of coronavirus cases right now, but health experts said it was far from ready if the disease continues to spread.

 

Rep. Payne, Jr. said the hearing confirmed what many health professionals around the country have been saying for months.       

 

March 2, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. introduced a House resolution today to recognize this March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the country for men and women.  This year, almost 148,000 Americans will be diagnosed with the disease and 53,000 people will die from it.  But if it is caught early enough, 90 percent of patients could survive within five years.      

February 28, 2020 Press Release

Media Contact:  Patrick Wright   --  Patrick.Wright@mail.house.gov

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. was delighted today when the U.S. House of Representatives passed his Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Act (H.R. 1570) again.  The bill would completely cover the cost for Medicare recipients when polyps are removed during routine colorectal cancer screenings, called colonoscopies.  Currently, patients could receive a surprise charge for the removals, which can cost thousands of dollars.

August 12, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) today released the following statement marking the 81st anniversary of the enactment of the Social Security program, signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on August 14, 1935.
October 21, 2015 Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) cosponsored H.R. 3761, the Seniors Deserve A Raise Act, legislation that ties future Social Security cost-of-living increases (COLAs) to the Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E)—an index that tracks the spending patterns of seniors—and provides a 2.9 percent benefit increase to seniors immediately to compensate them for the average difference between CPI-E and CPI-W, the index currently used to calculate COLAs.
August 14, 2015 Press Release
Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement marking 80 years since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.