Republican lawmakers want to reduce budget for Social Security
Republicans in Congress are pushing an appropriations bill that Social Security Administration (SSA) officials say will lead to budget deficits for the agency.
In an article for The Washington Post, the agency said, “There would be up to two weeks of furloughs for all employees. Additionally, a full hiring freeze would cause service degradation and long wait times and delays.” Since 2010, the SSA’s operating budget has decreased by 10%, but the total number of recipients increased by 12%. Center for Global Policy Solutions president and CEO Maya Rockeymoore said the agency should be given importance. In her words, “Social Security has been the most successful anti-poverty program in U.S. history, helping men and women, children, adults, and seniors from all walks of life.”
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