Jeff Merkley on Social Security

Democratic Jr Senator (OR)


Fight efforts to privatize; honor promises to seniors

We have made promises to our seniors that they have honored through decades of hard work, and that we must keep to seniors today and tomorrow. Jeff believes that Social Security and Medicare are a covenant with our seniors, and has fought against efforts to privatize or weaken these essential programs.
Source: Vote-USA.org on 2014 Oregon Senate incumbents , Oct 24, 2014

Privatization would melt away retirement in stock crash

Merkley said he’s opposed to Smith’s plan to privatize Social Security, which he said would have been a dangerous move considering how hard retirement funds have been hit by the falling stock market. “It would have melted away the way Wall Street has melted away,” he said.

Smith said he encourages Americans to save more as a way to better prepare for retirement and add to the benefits received under Social Security. He took issue with Merkley for suggesting he wanted to do away with Social Security

Source: 2008 Oregon Senate Debate, in Southern Ore. Mail Tribune , Oct 14, 2008

Sponsored keeping CPI for benefits instead of lower "Chained CPI".

Merkley co-sponsored Resolution on CPI

CONCURRENT RESOLUTION expressing the sense of the Congress that the Chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) should not be used to adjust Social Security benefits.