While the well-financed Wall Street-backed campaign to convince Americans that Social Security is in crisis (even though the facts prove just the opposite) has sputtered over time, that hasn’t stopped some in Congress from inflicting a death-by-a-billion-cuts budget strategy on the Social Security Administration's administrative finances. SSA has received less than its budget request in 14 of the last 16 years. In FY 2011-2013 alone, SSA received nearly $3 billion less than it requested from Congress to do its job. A job that is increasingly challenging as the agency serves near record number of visitors as the nation’s baby boomers retire. Not surprisingly these short-sighted “serve more with less” budgets mean beneficiaries are paying the price:
“Each day, almost 163,000 people visit field offices and more than 348,000 people try to reach an SSA agent for assistance. In FY 2014 about 13% of SSA’s visitors waited over an hour for service. D ...
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Max Richtman, President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare
The 114th Congress will see many new faces after the 2014 midterms; however, the face of our nation's middle class remains largely unchanged - they're poorer, more diverse, getting older and facing a retirement crisis which threatens millions. How will this new Congress address this old reality? Not one of the newly-elected Members of Congress campaigned on promises to cut benefits to Social Security and Medicare, yet it's already clear the new GOP majority considers lowering corporate tax rates and cutting benefits to middle-class seniors a priority. Same as it ever was.
The disconnect between many in Congress and average Americans on Social Security and Medicare is certainly nothing new. In poll after poll, the American people clearly do not support cutting middle-class benefits in these programs to balance the budget or bankroll tax cuts for the w ...
The Senate’s new majority leader has been true to his word...Mitch McConnell still won’t talk about his plans for Social Security and Medicare, even now that he’s been re-elected and will serve as the new leader of the Senate.
However, House Speaker John Boehner has no problem laying out the GOP plan. There are no real surprises here, it’s basically the GOP/Ryan Budget version 4 (or 5, we’ve lost count) which has only avoided full passage because of the formerly Democrat-controlled Senate. As usual, lowering corporate tax rates while cutting Social Security and Medicare are items #1 and #2 of the GOP 5 point plan. Lower taxes for businesses, Couponcare for seniors and raising the retirement age for Social Security are now back on the table with the Republican-led Congress.
Is anyone really surprised?
One in three women are living in or near poverty. Older women face poverty in far greater numbers than older men. The National Committee’s “Eleanor’s Hope” initiative, named in honor of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, will raise awareness, recruit and train new activists and bolster Congressional leaders who are making a difference on women’s health and retirement security issues.
As part of Eleanor’s Hope, we’ll advocate for legislation in the new Congress that addresses the inequities threatening millions of retired women and work to elect lawmakers who share our vision of retirement equity for women. Take a moment to watch our video...and share with your friends.
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