NCLR Action Network
Vote for Social Security
As you prepare to cast your vote on November 2, do you know where your candidates stand on Social Security?
For the Hispanic community, the benefits from Social Security are critical. Latino seniors are more likely than other recipients to depend on it as their sole source of income. Social Security provides financial support to retirees, survivors of deceased workers, and workers who become disabled, as well as members of their families. In 2009, more than two million Hispanic seniors received Social Security benefits, which helped keep the majority Latino seniors out of poverty.
The Social Security program turned 75 this year. Tell your member of Congress that it is an important issue for you this election season.
Social Security continues to be a focus of political discussion and is often wrongly associated with the nation’s deficit. The truth is that Social Security is self-funded and does not contribute to the nation’s current budget problems. Although it has long-term financing problems that will take effect after 2037, cutting the program in this current climate of austerity is inappropriate. Polls show that the vast majority of Americans, including Hispanics, support preserving Social Security, even if it means paying more taxes.
Help us ensure not only that Social Security benefits are protected, but also that the program is strengthened for future generations. Ask your members of Congress if a vote for them is a vote for Social Security.