Saud Anwar

State Senator

Saud Anwar

Deputy President Pro Tempore

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June 2, 2022

Senator Anwar Joins Congressman Larson as AFL-CIO Gives Support to ‘Social Security 2100’ Legislation

Today, State Senator Saud Anwar (D-South Windsor) joined U.S. Congressman John B. Larson, AFL-CIO President Ed Hawthorne and members of the AFL-CIO in Hartford as the AFL-CIO announced its support for “Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust,” a federal legislative proposal introduced by Rep. Larson and cosponsored by more than 200 House members to increase Social Security benefits across the board, strengthening the program for generations to come.

“Social Security has long been an American institution, one relied upon and paid into by countless citizens who receive a promise that they will be taken care of,” said Sen. Anwar. “We must take action to expand this program and ensure this vital service will remain available for future generations, and Social Security 2100 will do just that. I am grateful for Connecticut’s federal representatives in their work to support our communities, our state and our country.”

“It has been more than 50 years since Congress acted to expand Social Security benefits,” said Larson. “By passing Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust, we can act now to expand our nation’s most effective anti-poverty program and ensure this program remains a ‘sacred trust’ between the government and its people. It is an honor to stand alongside the AFL-CIO today as they announce their support for our legislation.”

“Social Security is a sacred commitment to all Americans and a promise that must be fulfilled. As seniors and people with disabilities struggle with the costs of food, housing, and prescription drugs, this bill enhances and expands benefits for millions of Americans who need them. I am proud to stand with my colleagues and union members to support the Social Security 2100 Act, keeping this vital lifeline solvent ensuring our nation’s bedrock social insurance program will continue to provide current and future beneficiaries with a quality standard of living,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal.

“Social Security benefits are a promise made to workers and Social Security 2100 is essential in fulfilling this promise. The Connecticut AFL-CIO applauds Representative Larson in his fight to repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision that harms Connecticut’s teachers, firefighters, and police officers by reducing social security benefits they earned because they are receiving pension after years of dedicated public service. Retirees and those most vulnerable in our society depend on Social Security to live a life of dignity. The Connecticut AFL-CIO and our over 200,000 members stand in solidarity with Congressman Larson in his fight to ensure Social Security is a promise we keep for generations of Americans to come,” said Connecticut AFL-CIO President Ed Hawthorne.

“Social Security 2100” seeks to protect Social Security by increasing benefits and protecting them against potential future cuts. As Social Security benefits have not been improved in more than 50 years, and many Americans are struggling under high costs, this action is more necessary than ever. The legislation would raise benefits for current and new beneficiaries, improve the Social Security cost-of-living adjustment to protect against inflation and set a new minimum benefit above the poverty line to aid low-income workers, among other changes.