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Workers, Seniors Call On Sen. Rubio to Protect Social Security

Sen. Marco Rubio's track record on Social Security has some Florida seniors and workers concerned enough to protest at his offices in the state. (Florida Alliance for Retired Americans)
Sen. Marco Rubio's track record on Social Security has some Florida seniors and workers concerned enough to protest at his offices in the state. (Florida Alliance for Retired Americans)
October 4, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. – Millions of Floridians rely on Social Security as their primary source of income, but some workers and seniors believe their representatives in Congress aren't standing up for their needs.

While Florida Sen. Marco Rubio often talks about how he'd never hurt the program his own mother relies on, critics say his track record doesn't reflect that.

According to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, Rubio's repeated statements that Social Security will bankrupt the nation without cuts, and his call to raise the retirement age, threaten the livelihood of the entire state.

"If you take money out of the pockets of Social Security recipients, you hurt the local economy, you hurt small businesses, you hurt school districts, you hurt everybody involved in the local community," said Trumka.

Trumka will join with workers and concerned seniors outside Rubio's Tampa office today to ask the senator to sign a pledge to protect Social Security funding. Rubio's Democratic opponent, Patrick Murphy, has already signed the pledge.

Looking at his voting record on retiree issues, the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans gave Rubio a zero rating on its most recent scorecard. The group's secretary, Barbara DeVane, also plans to be at Rubio's office, and said this isn't just an issue for senior citizens.

"We care about young workers, who haven't retired yet, but they do hope one day to be able to retire and have some economic security in their retirement," she said.

A similar event took place last week at Rubio's Jacksonville office, where a spokesperson insisted that the senator plans to continue to fight to strengthen Social Security for future generations.

More than one in five Floridians receives Social Security.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - FL