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As I watch Congress and the President figure out a way to pay our country’s bills, I am struck by how easy it is for some in Washington to confuse Social Security with numbers on a balance sheet.

See Also: Congress Must Prevent Harmful Cuts to Social Security and Medicare

It’s a cornerstone of retirement for 47 million seniors nationwide. In Delaware, some 168,000 receive social security benefits. It provides a safety net for the middle class and so many others including individuals with disabilities, retirees, spouses, widows and widowers. Social security is a piece of the pie that provides income to millions. The average social security recipient in our state can count on $1,146.00 per month. This money gets channeled back into Delaware’s economy each and every day as we pay bills, support local businesses, and pay for health care and prescription medicines.

Reducing the deficit and controlling government spending are important. But arbitrarily cutting social security is not the way to do this. Our elected officials must know that to Delawareans 50+, social security is a pillar of stability and a foundation of the American Dream.

Recent proposals to target social security for harmful cuts are unfair to us who have earned the peace of mind the program guarantees. Instead of putting seniors’ income in jeopardy, we need to find a better way to solve our nation’s budget problems.

Will you join me in contacting our elected officials to express our concerns about preserving social security? Learn about your legislators in Delaware. Let’s work together to keep what’s ours and preserve what America guarantees all its citizens.

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