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Washington, DC, March 27, 2015—The Center for Global Policy Solutions (CGPS) applauds the 42 Senate Democrats who stand in agreement with the majority of Americans from both parties who believe that Social Security needs to be strengthened and expanded to meet the needs of a diverse and increasingly economically vulnerable workforce.

Senators Elizabeth Warren, Joe Manchin, Sherrod Brown, and Brian Schatz, introduced a budget resolution amendment setting up a revenue-neutral reserve fund to expand Social Security. Forty-two Democrats voted in favor, with only two voting “no” with all Senate Republicans.

“The early morning ‘Vote-A-Rama’ in the U.S. Senate produced a measure that makes it clear where U.S. senators stand on protecting, strengthening, and expanding Social Security benefits,” said CGPS president Dr. Maya Rockeymoore. “This vote underscores that a majority of Senate Democrats understand that the best solution to the U.S. retirement crisis is to strengthen Social Security’s financing while expanding benefits for vulnerable Americans of all backgrounds.”

In 2011, Dr. Rockeymoore co-chaired the Commission to Modernize Social Security, a group of diverse experts who developed a proposal to extend Social Security’s long-term solvency while modernizing the program to ensure it continues to provide economic security for all. The Commission’s seminal report, Plan for a New Future: The Impact of Social Security Reform on Communities of Color recommended enhancing Social Security benefits overall with special provisions for the very old, the very low-income, dependent children, and caregivers.

“Expanding Social Security is also an important way to help address increased income and wealth inequality in America.” said Rockeymoore. “It is heartening to see this common sense approach adopted by Senate Democrats.”

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