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April 17, 2017

While Social Security provides a foundation of economic security for people at all income levels, new research from the Social Security Administration (SSA) illustrates its importance for those in the middle. Among beneficiaries over age 65:

Social Security is the main source of...
Social Security: Main Source of Retirement Income for Most Middle-Class Beneficiaries
March 31, 2017

In light of the Washington Post’s new profile of a Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applicant in Lamar County, Alabama, let’s put the story in its proper context:

The Post story highlights an atypical case: a young applicant in a county...
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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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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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November 1, 2016

U.S. spending on public disability benefits remains low by international standards, new figures from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show (see graph).

As our chart book shows, the...

U.S. Spends Comparatively Little on Public Disability Benefits
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
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
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
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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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

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