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SSA Needs More Funding to Support Essential Services

June 11, 2020

As policymakers turn to 2021 appropriations to fund the government, they should ensure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has enough funds to meet daunting workloads that have become even more challenging during the COVID-19 crisis. While SSA received...

SSA Needs More Funding to Support Essential Services

President’s Budget Would Hurt People With Disabilities

February 13, 2020

President Trump’s 2021 budget would make it harder for millions of people with disabilities to afford such basics as food, housing, and health care by cutting tens of billions of dollars from disability programs, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and...

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Trump Budget Would Hurt Older Americans

February 12, 2020

Older Americans are among the many groups that President Trump’s proposed 2021 budget would seriously harm. While running for president, Trump repeatedly promised not to cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid, which serve tens of millions of seniors — and he made a similar...

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SSA Should Resume Mailing Statements to Almost All Workers

December 5, 2019

A bipartisan bill from Reps. John Larson and Vern Buchanan and Senators Ron Wyden and Bill Cassidy would clarify that the Social Security Administration (SSA) must mail statements to almost all workers. Though the law already...

Social Security Mailings Have Fallen Dramatically in Number

Senate Bill Would Cut Social Security Operations Again

October 7, 2019

This summer’s budget deal between President Trump and congressional leaders offers enough total discretionary dollars to give the Social Security Administration (SSA) a much-needed funding boost in 2020, but the Senate majority plans to...

Social Security Administration Faces Increased Workload with Fewer Resources

Social Security: A Vital Protection for African American People of All Ages

July 24, 2019

Social Security is a critical source of income for African American people of all ages and has reduced economic disparities between African American and white families. That’s especially important given recent findings from an Urban Institute study that we commissioned, on...

Social Security Dramatically Reduces Poverty for African American Seniors

6 Things Millennials Should Know About Social Security

July 23, 2019

Discussions of Social Security often pit younger workers against older retirees, but Social Security is actually an intergenerational compact that helps Americans of all ages — which explains its enduring...

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Trump Poverty Line Proposal Would Hurt Seniors, People With Disabilities

June 12, 2019

The Trump Administration is considering whether to use a lower inflation measure to calculate annual adjustments to the federal poverty line. This approach would ultimately...

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SSA Staffing Shortage Hurts Hard-Working Americans

August 29, 2018

Years of SSA cuts have already taken their toll, causing the agency to lose 12 percent of its staff since 2010, close field offices, and shorten office hours, even as it faced record-high workloads.

In Focus: Social Security Administration Faces Increased Workload With Fewer Resources

Social Security Lifts 1.7 Million Children Out of Poverty

August 14, 2018

Eighty-three years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act. To mark the occasion, we’ve updated our backgrounder on Social Security, a vital program to which nearly every American contributes and from which nearly every American ultimately benefits....

Social Security Lifts 1.7 Million Children Out of Poverty