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Public Policy: Social Security

According to the Social Security Trustees, the Social Security Trust Fund will be able to pay full benefits until 2034, and incoming payroll taxes will be sufficient to pay about 79 percent of benefits thereafter. Some are using this gap in long-term funding as a pretext to justify proposals for large cuts in Social Security benefits. One frequently-discussed change to Social Security is to increase the age at which a retiree receives full benefits.


Social Security protects families in the event that a worker retires, becomes disabled or dies. These guaranteed insurance benefits are especially crucial to people of color who tend to have fewer alternative resources, become disabled at higher rates, and rely on Social Security's family benefit features disproportionately. 

It is estimated that there are about 11 million undocumented workers in the United States today. These immigrants come to our country to work.  They contribute to the economic health of our nation.  They also make substantial contributions to Social Security through the payroll tax, even though neither they nor their families are eligible to receive benefits.  The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare believes that bringing undocumented workers into our national family would be beneficial for the country and good for Social Security as well. 


Media reports have been circulating in Washington for the last few weeks that the Trump Administration is considering a proposal to eliminate the payroll tax.  Since this tax is used exclusively to fund Social Security and Medicare, its elimination would be tantamount either to ending these two vitally important programs or converting them into welfare programs where retirees’ benefits would be subject to the whims of Congress and the vagaries of the legislative process. 


Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX) has introduced a bill that shows how Social Security can be “reformed” by slashing benefits for everyone.  Sadly, in what would be a massive violation of the commitment between the generations that is at the heart of Social Security, Mr. Johnson targets his largest cuts on the youngest Americans, safely assuming that children in elementary school aren’t likely to know what would be in store for them if this bill were to be enacted and that their parents and grandparents won’t care.

Strengthening Social Security & Medicare, Opposing Privatization, Defending Affordable Care Act top NCPSSM’s 2017 Legislative Agenda.


While some in Washington claim America can’t afford programs like Social Security and Medicare, the truth is states simply can’t afford to lose the economic benefits these programs provide to every community in our nation. The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare has released state-by-state snapshots of how much revenue Social Security contributes to the economy of every Congressional District in each state and US territory.

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