Vice Chair Crowley Statement on 80th Anniversary of Social Security

Aug 14, 2015 Issues: Seniors

(Queens, NY) Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx), Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus, released the following statement on the 80th anniversary of the Social Security program being signed into law:

“No institution does more to protect the financial security and dignity of retired and disabled Americans than Social Security. One of the most effective federal programs ever created, Social Security provides millions of seniors with a secure income throughout their golden years and provides vital protection for disabled American workers and their families.

“It was Democrats who created Social Security, and it is Democrats who are working hard today to protect it. I will continue my efforts to preserve and improve Social Security, and will continue to be a strong advocate for Queens and Bronx seniors.”

Signed into law by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935, Social Security was created at a time when the American economy had crumbled and was struggling to recover. Pensions were almost non-existent, and a majority of seniors were unable to support themselves after retirement. Today, more than 50 million Americans, including over 93,000 in New York’s 14th Congressional District, rely on Social Security’s guaranteed benefits for retirement security or to make ends meet, put food on the table and stay in their homes.