This week, I had the honor of testifying before the United States Senate Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy to make the case for the need to strengthen and expand Social Security for all – including disabled workers and dependents.

Rockeymoore at U.S. Senate

We know that today’s young will be tomorrow’s old. Given the weaknesses in our economy, an unstable labor market, and lack of employer-sponsored retirement options, our children will rely on Social Security for their own retirement as much, if not more so, than their parents did. I believe we need to act now to strengthen Social Security to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse and economically insecure 21st century workforce.

The hearing also included expert testimony from Mr. Stephen Goss, Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration; Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, Chair of the Economics Department at The New School for Social Research; and Dr. Jason J. Fichtner, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

I encourage you to read my entire written testimony and to watch footage from the hearing titled “Strengthening Social Security to Meet the Needs of Tomorrow’s Retirees.” (My testimony begins at approximately 01:07.)

And, to learn more about how we can advance policy changes to strengthen Social Security, read Plan for a New Future: The Impact of Social Security Reform on People of Color.

Plan for a New Future Report