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Standing up for older Americans

I cared for my mother and stepfather in their later years, so I have seen firsthand the challenges that older Americans face. All people deserve to live with dignity and respect as they age, which is why a secure retirement and earned benefits like Social Security are so important.

In 2016, I led the successful bipartisan effort to update the Older Americans Act. I continued my work to help seniors by leading passage of the new Supporting Older Americans Act, which became law in April of 2020. This legislation provides support for seniors by funding Meals on Wheels and community centers, protecting vulnerable seniors - including our aging LGBT population - addressing social isolation, and more.

I have also strongly opposed every short-sighted effort to privatize Social Security and end Medicare as we know it, which would impose thousands of dollars in extra costs on older Americans. I am a vocal advocate for giving Social Security recipients a cost-of-living adjustment so their payments keep up with the rising costs of housing, medication, and other basic needs.

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Meet Suzanne

Suzanne knows what it’s like to struggle to make ends meet. She worked her way through community college, university, and law school. She started her career at Legal Aid and worked as a consumer rights attorney. Throughout her career she’s been a leading advocate for public education, protecting the environment, and civil rights. She’s fighting for a better future for all Oregonians.

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