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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Seniors

My grandmother worked her entire adult life to provide for her family. She owned and operated a small business with my grandfather. She sewed gloves at the Napa glove factory and labeled wine bottles at Inglenook Winery. When she retired, my grandmother had a small pension of $53 per month. Social Security and Medicare gave my grandmother comfort and security. She would always talk about how she earned those benefits, how she paid into them. And she was proud of it. That's exactly what Medicare and Social Security are—they’re earned benefits. And they are so critically important to both current and future generations of retirees

As a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, which has jurisdiction over Medicare and Social Security, I’m fighting to strengthen our social safety net. For example, I’m working through the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security to pass the Social Security 2100 Act. This bill, of which I’m a proud cosponsor, would provide an increase in benefits and ensure Social Security is funded for the long-term. I’m also fighting to stop Republicans in Congress from privatizing Social Security and ending the Medicare guarantee.

Please know I strongly support protecting Medicare and Social Security. Congress must not take away benefits earned over a lifetime of hard work, nor balance our budget on the backs of seniors who can least afford it.

More on Seniors

May 23, 2019 Press Release

Washington – Today Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, voted to pass H.R. 1994, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act of 2019. This bill expands access to retirement plans for employees of small businesses, makes it easier for home health care workers in California to access retirement savings tools, and eliminates an unfair and unjust tax hike on Gold Star families caused by mistakes in the Republican tax law. A statement from Thompson is below.

Apr 25, 2019 Press Release

Napa, CA – This week, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John Larson (CT-01) met with leaders on seniors’ issues from Napa County, including Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, Heather Stanton of Napa County Commission on Aging, Seniors’ Advocate Betty Rhodes, Kris Brown of CSOA, and Celine Regalia of Collabria Care. Thompson cosponsored Larson’s Social Security 2100 Act, a bill that would ensure the solvency of Social Security through the year 2100 and provide a two-percent benefit increase for seniors.

Apr 25, 2019 Press Release

Napa, CA – This week, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John Larson (CT-01) met with leaders on seniors’ issues from Lake County, including Kelli Page, program manager of Lake-Mendocino Area Agency on Aging and Dena Eddings, program manager of Lake-Mendocino Area Agency on Aging. Thompson cosponsored Larson’s Social Security 2100 Act, a bill that would ensure the solvency of Social Security through the year 2100 and provide a two-percent benefit increase for seniors.

Apr 25, 2019 Press Release

Napa, CA – This week, Rep.

Apr 25, 2019 Press Release

Napa, CA – This week, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John Larson (CT-01) met with leaders on seniors’ issues from Solano County, including Elaine Clark of the Napa-Solano Area Agency on Aging and Sandy Hager from the Florence Douglas Senior Center. Thompson cosponsored Larson’s Social Security 2100 Act, a bill that would ensure the solvency of Social Security through the year 2100 and provide a two-percent benefit increase for seniors.

Apr 25, 2019 Press Release

Napa, CA – This week, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) and House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John Larson (CT-01) met with leaders on seniors’ issues from Contra Costa County, including Victoria Snyder of Contra Costa Senior Legal Services. Thompson cosponsored Larson’s Social Security 2100 Act, a bill that would ensure the solvency of Social Security through the year 2100 and provide a two-percent benefit increase for seniors.

Apr 20, 2017 Press Release

Napa, CA – Yesterday, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) held town hall meetings in Napa and Martinez with Ranking Member John B. Larson (CT-01) of the Social Security Subcommittee to discuss their plans to strengthen Social Security. Each month, more than 130,000 men and women in California’s Fifth Congressional District receive nearly $170 million in benefits.

Apr 19, 2017 Event

Social Security is a lifeline for millions of seniors. Each month, more than 130,000 men and women in the Fifth Congressional District receive nearly $170 million in benefits, helping them put food on the table and provide for their families. Reps. Mike Thompson and John B. Larson introduced the Social Security 2100 Act to raise benefits, cut taxes, and prevent seniors from retiring into poverty. They'll be in Napa to discuss their proposal and answer your questions on Social Security.

Apr 19, 2017 Event

Social Security is a lifeline for millions of seniors. Each month, more than 130,000 men and women in the Fifth Congressional District receive nearly $170 million in benefits, helping them put food on the table and provide for their families. Reps. Mike Thompson and John B. Larson introduced the Social Security 2100 Act to raise benefits, cut taxes, and prevent seniors from retiring into poverty. They'll be in Napa to discuss their proposal and answer your questions on Social Security.

Apr 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05) joined Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) and more than 150 original cosponsors in introducing the Social Security 2100 Act. This bill would increase Social Security benefits for all beneficiaries, reduce taxes, and prevent seniors from retiring into poverty.