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

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.
July 13, 2015 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) and seventy-one of his Democratic colleagues in the U.S. House and Senate sent a letter urging President Obama to discuss and promote the expansion of Social Security benefits at the decennial White House Conference on Aging, taking place on July 13, 2015.
April 22, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released a report today detailing how the Ryan Republican Budget would undermine the economic security of communities of color.
January 28, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight:

“Tonight, I was pleased to hear President Obama outline ways we can create more ladders of opportunity for those working hard to climb into the middle class.  Raising the minimum wage, extending unemployment insurance, and increasing investments in education and job training are good steps toward growing our economy and reducing poverty in my district.

January 7, 2014 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) issued the following statement after the Senate voted to begin consideration of a bipartisan three-month extension of unemployment insurance (S. 1845) on a vote of 60 to 37.
October 16, 2013 Press Release
Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) voted to open the government and to pay the nation’s bills on time before the October 17 deadline. The continuing resolution to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling passed the House by a vote of 285 to 144.
March 27, 2013 In The News
If the budget battle in Congress results in cuts to Social Security or Medicare, it would undermine small business owners’ retirement plans and weaken consumer demand for goods, according to a report by two national advocacy groups.
March 27, 2013 In The News
Concerned that their voices are being ignored in Washington, D.C., New Jersey small-business owners and advocates spoke out yesterday against potential cuts to Social Security and Medicare.