Merkley Statement on 75th Anniversary of Social Security

Washington, DC – This week marks the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Act. Signed into law by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935, the Social Security Act — along with President Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 amendments — provides Social Security benefits to elderly Americans as well as Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits, and a host of other services for the American people.

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement recognizing this landmark anniversary:

“75 years ago, President Roosevelt established Social Security as a means of providing financial support to elderly Americans and those among us who have experienced life challenges like a disability or the death of a family member.  Since FDR signed this fundamental American contract into law, it has helped provide for the financial stability of millions of American families.  It is in our national interest that Social Security remain strong and solvent and I look forward to celebrating anniversaries for decades to come.”