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Policymakers Should Reject Chairman Johnson’s Deep Cuts to Social Security

December 19, 2016

House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson has introduced a bill that he claims would “save” Social Security — but its savings would come entirely from...

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Older Americans Working Longer, Claiming Social Security Later

November 4, 2016

Older Americans are working longer and claiming their Social Security benefits later, new research from the Social Security Administration shows. 

Social Security recipients can begin to claim retired-worker benefits any time between ages 62 and 70.  The earlier they claim them, the smaller their monthly benefit...

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Social Security Lifts 22 Million Americans Out of Poverty

October 25, 2016

Social Security lifted 22 million people out of poverty last year, our new analysis of Census data finds.  Social Security’s anti-poverty effect extends to...

Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors

Revenue Options Would Help Close Social Security Shortfall

October 19, 2016

Speaking at a Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget event yesterday on public attitudes toward fixing Social Security, I discussed a new Voice of the People survey showing that strong majorities of both parties favor addressing the program’s long-term shortfall mostly by raising revenues.  For example, a majority...

Social Security's Tax Cap Hasn't Kept Pace With Disproportionate Earnings Growth at the Top

Three Revenue Options to Shore Up Social Security

September 27, 2016

Social Security faces a significant — though manageable — long-term funding shortfall.  If policymakers address it by reducing benefits, those cuts must be limited and carefully...

Growth in Social Security's Tax Base Lags Behind Employee Compensation

Young People with Disabilities Vulnerable to Food Insecurity

September 26, 2016

Young people with disabilities are likelier to be “food insecure,” or have trouble affording adequate food, than other young people, two recent studies show.  These studies echo earlier findings that working-age adults with disabilities also are...

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House’s Social Security Administration Cuts Would Hurt Customer Service and Program Integrity

September 20, 2016

After years of Social Security Administration (SSA) funding cuts, the House Appropriations Committee has proposed yet more damaging cuts to the agency for 2017.  As our report explains, SSA’s core operating budget shrank by 10 percent from 2010 to 2016, after...

House Bill Would Make Deeper Cuts to Social Security Operating Budget

Social Security Administration Budget Cuts Hurt Communities Nationwide

September 12, 2016

As baby boomers age into their peak years for retirement and disability, demands on the Social Security Administration (SSA) are reaching all-time highs.  Yet policymakers have cut SSA’s core operating budget by 10 percent since 2010, after adjusting for inflation...

In Focus: Social Security Staff Loss Is Significant

Everyone Has a Stake in Social Security

August 12, 2016

Social Security’s upcoming 81st birthday this Sunday is a cause for celebration.  Americans love Social Security: Large majorities say they value it for themselves, their families, and millions of others who count on it.

And all Americans have a stake in its continued...

Social Security Dramatically Cuts Poverty Among Seniors

DI at 60: 6 Key Facts

August 1, 2016

Social Security Disability Insurance (DI) turns 60 today.  Workers contribute to Social Security to protect against the financial risks of old age, ill health, and death of a breadwinner.  The 1956 amendments, approved by large bipartisan majorities in Congress and signed into...

Disability Insurance Beneficiaries Have High Poverty Rates

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