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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Sign the petition: Tell Congress to fully fund the Social Security Administration in the upcoming federal budget
Since its inception, Wall Street has wanted to get its hands on Social Security. The financial industry has tried to cut and privatize our earned benefits and sow a seed of doubt about Social Security’s future―even though Social Security has built up a $2.8 trillion trust fund, can pay out 100% of benefits owed for the next 17 years and 77% of benefits after that.
Now, in a cynical attempt to undermine public confidence in the program, Senate Republicans are proposing a $492 million cut to the Social Security Administration―a move that will make it more difficult for the American people to access our heard-earned benefits. And they’re including it in the must-pass federal budget being voted on next week! Tell Congress to reject cuts to the Social Security Administration and to fully fund the Social Security Administration in the 2018 federal budget. These proposed cuts are on top of the billions in cuts the SSA has already experienced this decade―resulting in longer wait times at Social Security offices, long hold times when calling Social Security, and delays in millions of claims by retirees, surviving spouses and people with disabilities.
Over the last decade, Congress has underfunded the Social Security Administration by billions of dollars. This new proposal to further cut SSA funding in the federal budget is nothing more than an attempt to undermine confidence in the program―making it more difficult for the American people to access the system we’ve paid into our entire lives. We demand that you fully fund SSA and protect and expand Social Security for current and future generations.