Seventy-nine years ago today, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act and, says Alliance for Retired Americans President Richard Fiesta:
Retirees are struggling to get by, but they know how much worse things would be without Social Security. Thanks to Social Security, seniors are able to pay bills, buy groceries and stay out of poverty.
Today, Social Security not only covers retirees, but surviving spouses and children and people with disabilities. The Alliance and the group Social Security Works also released reports on the economic impact of Social Security benefits, broken down for each demographic by state. Click here for a look at Social Security in your state.
Fiesta said, "We need to strengthen and expand Social Security, not cut it,” and pointed to the Strengthening Social Security Act (S. 567 and H.R. 3118), which is now before Congress.
Social Security is one of the most successful programs in America’s history. Fortunately, we can ensure the Social Security system keeps celebrating birthdays for decades to come, and we can do it without harmful benefit cuts.
In related news, the Social Security Administration has closed some 80 regional offices and more than 500 smaller offices and has plans to shutter hundreds more over the next several years. That’s on top of recent workforce reductions and cutbacks in office hours. If that’s allowed to happen, future birthdays for Social Security won’t be so happy. Click here to sign a petition from AFGE and Social Security Works to reopen the offices and restore services. Says AFGE President J, David Cox. Sr.
We will champion efforts to strengthen Social Security and undo the damage already suffered by opening shuttered field offices, restoring all services, ending long wait times, and hiring all the staff needed to meet the mission.