Social Security

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Policy Basics

Social Security provides monthly benefits to retired workers and workers with disabilities, their dependents, and their survivors.

We examine Social Security’s effects on poverty and on particular demographic groups. We also analyze Social Security reform proposals to determine their likely impact on the program’s long-term solvency and its effectiveness in reducing poverty and hardship.

Build Back Better Reduces Racial Disparities

The House Build Back Better (BBB) legislation takes important steps to address racial disparities rooted in this nation’s long history of racism and discrimination, which has created large gaps in...