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March 26, 2019

Rep. Trone Hosts Seniors Workshop with Over 350 people and 20+ Organizations in Attendance

For Immediate Release

Contact: Hannah Muldavin,

Rep. Trone Hosts Seniors Workshop with Over 350 people and 20+ Organizations in Attendance

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) hosted his first Congressional workshop focused on issues facing the senior community with Congressman John Larson (CT-01), Chair of the Social Security Subcommittee. There were over 350 people in attendance and over 20 organizations associated with seniors present at the event.

The workshop featured speeches by both Rep. Trone and Rep. Larson, followed by a panel discussion with Director Jeff Karberg with the Maryland Attorney General’s Identity Theft Program, Secretary Rona Kramer with the Maryland Department of Aging, Former Secretary Gloria Lawlah with the Maryland Department of Aging, and Tammy Bresnahan, the Associate Director of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Maryland.

“Seniors deserve the benefits they’ve earned, and we must fight to make sure they receive these benefits,” said Congressman David Trone. “The Social Security 2100 Act, which I am proud to help introduce with Congressman Larson, will fight to make sure not only that seniors today receive these benefits, but that future generations will receive benefits as well. By thinking long-term, we can create a permanent solution to funding Social Security.”

“If we do nothing, if we continue to kick the can down the road, then in 2034 there will be an across-the-board cut, reducing the benefits of everyone by 21%. The Social Security 2100 Act ensures that benefits are paid in full throughout this century and beyond,” said Congressman John Larson, who is the author of the Social Security 2100 Act. “I’m especially proud to have David Trone as an original co-sponsor of my 2100 bill, because David is about solutions, and we are long overdue for Social Security enhancement.”

The panel also talked about financial scams and robocalls targeting seniors, with Jeff Karberg from the Maryland Attorney General’s Identity Theft Program giving practical tips on how to avoid becoming a victim to scams. Maryland Secretary of Aging Rona Kramer, Former Maryland Secretary of Aging Gloria Lawlah, and Associate Director of AARP Maryland Tammy Bresnahan also spoke about various programs focused on providing resources and advocacy to the elderly population.

In addition to the panel discussion, there were more than 20 senior-focused organizations that provide services and support to seniors in attendance. The organizations included: Alzheimer’s Association, American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Asbury Methodist Village, DiscoverU Health, Gaithersburg Senior Wellness Program Benjamin Gaither Center, Internal Revenue Service – Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC), Jewish Council for Aging, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Maryland Insurance Administration, Maryland Legal Aid, Montgomery College Lifelong Learning Institute, Montgomery County Aging and Disability Services, Montgomery County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Montgomery County Fire Department, Montgomery County Food Council, Montgomery County Office of Consumer Protection (OCP), Montgomery County Police Department Keeping Seniors Safe (KSS), Montgomery County Volunteer Center 50+ Volunteer Network, National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Neighborhood Opportunity Network (NON) from Montgomery County Health and Human Services, Rockville Senior Center, Social Security Administration, and Taxpayer Advocate Service.

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees, where he is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.

To learn more about the Social Security 2100 Act, click here.