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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend

All Americans deserve to retire

All Americans deserve to retire

The recent shutdown of the federal government showed how fragile the savings rate is in America. Stories of furloughed workers pawning their wedding rings, staying home from work because they couldn’t afford child care and going to payday lenders are a devastating indictment of the vulnerable situation many Americans, even those with a steady paycheck, find themselves in.

Half of Americans don’t have anything saved. We want to change that. Our mission to ensure that all Americans can retire and live out their lives without fear of destitution has been embraced in many surprising ways. In this time of stark divisions, more than three-quarters of both Republicans and Democrats support...