Huffman Holds Town Halls in Petaluma and Mill Valley on Protecting Social Security and Medicare

May 31, 2013

CALIFORNIA—Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) held town halls in Petaluma and Mill Valley, California on protecting Social Security and Medicare. Huffman discussed his efforts in Congress to preserve and protect America’s social safety net and took questions from constituents. Photos of the event will be located HERE.

Huffman was joined by Max Richtman, President/CEO, and Carroll Estes, Board of Directors, of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, as well as Al Piombo of the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP).

Thousands of Northern Californians rely on Social Security and Medicare—programs they paid into and helped support—when they retire,” Congressman Huffman said.I heard from many seniors at today’s town halls in Petaluma and Mill Valley concerned that Washington is on a path to make sweeping cuts to these crucial programs, and I’ll be standing beside them to fight back against any efforts to dismantle them.”

Huffman spoke about his efforts to protect Social Security and Medicare, including:

  • Huffman spoke out on the House Floor against a chained CPI, a proposed inflation formula for Social Security that would reduce benefits for seniors, on March 20, 2013.
  • On February 15, 2013, Huffman joined 106 House Democrats in sending a letter to President Obama urging him not to include the chained CPI in his budget proposal.
  • Huffman is a cosponsor of the Protecting and Preserving Social Security Act (H.R. 649). 
  • Huffman voted for the Van Hollen Amendment, which would have achieved substantial deficit reduction without reducing Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits.
  • In the Budget Committee markup on March 13, 2013, Huffman voted in support of an amendment that would have added a Sense of the House opposing Social Security privatization to the House Budget.