This Congress and Administration have made it very clear that a major priority of their agenda is to gut Social Security and Medicare. I think this is a betrayal of the American people and especially our seniors.

Washington wants to pay for their tax cuts for the wealthy from the pockets of our hardworking and retired seniors. This cannot happen and I will oppose any legislation that would privatize or cut Social Security and Medicare. This is a matter of dignity and knowing that the system that you worked hard to pay into is also working hard for you.

We also need to take major steps toward improving the quality of care in Medicare. We need to expand Medicare and take a page from the VA’s playbook in allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices to bring the immense cost of pharmaceuticals down.