Social Security, Medicare, and paid leave programs represent our values as Democrats. And as we move ahead as a party, there is no question we will have to stand up for our values and fight to protect the progress we’ve made. And not just the progress over the past eight years, but the progress made over our lifetimes. That’s a tall order, but we have done it before and can do it again.”

For decades, Democrats have been the party fighting for seniors and retirees.

Democratic presidents created both Medicare and Social Security, two cornerstones of American society that not only grant seniors financial and medical security but also the peace of mind to enjoy their golden years to the fullest.

Democrats believe that a dignified retirement is central to the American Dream and that Medicare and Social Security are the foundation of realizing that dream.

In recent years, Democrats have beaten back Republican plans to privatize Social Security — plans that would have exposed the retirement funds of millions of American seniors to great risk on the eve of the financial crisis. Instead, no one lost a penny of Social Security. So whenever the new Republican administration threatens seniors’ security or health care, know that Democrats will be fighting them every step of the way.