Democratic allied organizations targeted Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday while commemorating the 81st anniversary of the launch of Social Security.
The Florida Alliance for Retired Americans and the Florida AFL-CIO rallied a dozen supporters for an elevator ride to the state Capitol’s 21st floor and the district office of Florida’s junior senator to call on him to make wealthier Americans pay higher Social Security taxes.
Currently, Social Security taxes are not collected on income topping $117,000 a year.
“Social Security is strong and healthy and it just needs a few more tweaks to carry it into perpetuity,” said Rich Templin with the Florida AFL-CIO.
Rubio is under the microscope because he supports gradually increasing the retirement age for Social Security, while shielding current beneficiaries. He also would reduce benefits for upper-income seniors, while beefing-up payments to those in lower-income brackets.
Rubio, who wasn’t in his Tallahassee office, is running for re-election. And it’s a tried-and-true Florida political strategy to try to win support for Democratic candidates by warning that Republicans are out to ruin Social Security.
Barbara DeVane, with the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans is distributing pledge forms for those running for Congress in which they’d vow not to do any harm to the octogenarian program.
“We are watching,” DeVane said.