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A Discussion on Social Security’s Role in Solving the Retirement Income Crisis

Date: October 30, 2013

Americans who will retire in the coming decades face a confluence of factors that threaten their economic security, including the shift from traditional pensions to a 401(k) and IRA system that fails to provide meaningful retirement income to most Americans, stagnate wages, the steady rise of health and long-term care costs and continued attempts to cut Social Security.

On Wednesday, October 30 at 9 am ET, EPI Vice President Ross Eisenbrey will join some of the country’s top experts on retirement security for a discussion of the retirement income crisis and Social Security’s role in tackling it. The speakers will detail why cutting Social Security, as many in Congress keep proposing, would actually exacerbate retirement insecurity and explain why and how the program can be strengthened.

What: A Discussion on Social Security’s Role in Solving Retirement Insecurity


  • Nancy Altman, Co-Director, Social Security Works
  • Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center on Economic and Policy Research
  • John Burbank, Executive Director, Economic Opportunity Institute; Co-Founder, Social Security Works, Washington State
  • Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President, Economic Policy Institute
  • Adam Green, Co-Founder, Progressive Change Campaign Committee
  • Eric Kingson, Co-Director, Social Security Works
  • Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners
  • Nancy LeaMond, Executive Vice President, State and National Group, AARP
  • Theodore Marmor, Professor Emeritus, Yale University
  • Diane Oakley, Executive Director, National Institute on Retirement Security
  • Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Global Policy Solutions
  • Damon Silvers, Policy Director, AFL-CIO
  • Zachary Schechter-Steinberg, Economic Policy Advisor, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, U.S. Senate

When: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 9 am-2pm ET

Where: Hart Senate Office Building, Room 902 (Constitution Avenue & 2nd Street NE)