U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL,17) will hold two events this weekend to outline her push to "protect social security."
Earlier this week, Bustos sent a letter to Obama, urging the president to push back against a chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) in the next budget. According to Bustos, using a chained CPI to calculate the cost-of-living adjustments for social security would greatly reduce the income of SSI recipients.
"This year, we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of Social Security, the greatest anti-poverty program in American history," Bustos said on Wednesday. "[During his State of the Union speech] our President pledged to send a budget that prioritizes the middle class to Congress. A budget that protects the almost one in five Americans who currently rely on Social Security, and rejects a proposal to switched to the chained CPI system, will do just that. A reduction in earned benefits would have a serious impact on seniors' ability to afford basic necessities and is one they hardly deserve after a lifetime of hard work."
Bustos will visit with seniors in Rockford and Freeport on Saturday to detail her "effort to protect social security."
Here are the details on this weekend's events:
Where: Amberwood, 2313 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford
When: Saturday, January 24th at 1 pm
Where: Liberty Village, 2140 Navajo Dr., Freeport
When: Saturday, January 24th at 3:30 pm