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As someone who was raised in poverty by his grandmother who relied on Social Security survivors benefits to put food on the table for him and his siblings, Dave knows how vital this initiative is for both seniors and their families. Dave has been fighting in Congress to make sure no Iowan retires into poverty, or has to choose between putting food on the table and paying for their medication.

That is why Dave has staunchly opposed efforts to privatize Social Security and end the guarantee to seniors that a lifetime of work will be rewarded with the peace of mind, certainty, and sense of security  that a stable retirement provides. Dave knows what it feels like to sit around the table and wonder how to pay the bills each month.  He firmly believes that we must keep the promise that we’ve made to our seniors, who should never face the possibility of retiring into poverty.

Dave has consistently voted against cutting Social Security benefits for seniors, and has fought for increases in Cost Of Living Adjustments (COLA) and to ensure the COLA accurately reflects spending needs for our state’s ’s aging Iowans  

In addition, Dave has fought against proposals to cut Medicare benefits for Iowa’s seniors and has stood against efforts to turn Medicare into a voucher program. Dave has also worked to strengthen and expand Medicare’s coverage including strongly supporting efforts to have  Medicare cover dental, optometric, and audiological procedures to get seniors the care they need and deserve
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