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Sanders backs Cardi B call to strengthen Social Security

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOVERNIGHT ENERGY:  EPA announces new clean air advisors after firing Trump appointees |  Senate confirms Biden pick for No. 2 role at Interior | Watchdog: Bureau of Land Management saw messaging failures, understaffing during pandemic Overnight Health Care: Takeaways on the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision | COVID-19 cost 5.5 million years of American life | Biden administration investing billions in antiviral pills for COVID-19 Democratic senators press PhRMA over COVID-19 lobbying efforts  MORE (I-Vt.) on Wednesday pushed for improvements to the Social Security system by piggybacking off rapper Cardi B’s recent praise for former President Franklin Roosevelt.

“Cardi B is right. If we are really going to make America great we need to strengthen Social Security so that seniors are able to retire with the dignity they deserve,” Sanders tweeted. 

In a recent profile in GQ, Cardi B revealed her extensive knowledge of presidential history. She said she loves Roosevelt and praised his policies and resilience.

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“He’s the real ‘Make America Great Again,’ because if it wasn’t for him, old people wouldn’t even get Social Security,” she told GQ. 

Sanders has long been an advocate of strengthening or expanding social welfare programs like Social Security and Medicare.

The senator introduced legislation last year that would have required high-income earners to pay more into the retirement system, resulting in a higher payout for seniors who make less than $16,000.

Sanders is considered a likely candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.