With corporations cutting worker pensions, our grandparents and veterans need Social Security more -- not less. Almost 30% of our district receives Social Security income benefits. The American people know that our Social Security system works, and during the economic collapse of 2008 they saw that while their home equity, 401k's and savings were devastated, Social Security was the one source of retirement security that people could rely on. The hard working people of Tennessee pay into Social Security all of their lives and deserve to retire with security. With so much uncertainty about the future, we will rely more than ever on our Social Security benefits. That's why Steven believes now is the time to build upon the one retirement security system that we know we can count on. We should ensure that the cost of living adjustments reflect the actual costs of retirees and improve the long-term financial condition of Social Security so it's here for today and future generations.