Social security major decisions in the house and senate since 1935 congressional research service summary since its enactment in 1935 the social security program has been amended numerous times this report briefly summarizes discussions on individual major social security amendments only. For social security vote information which range from requests for general information about legislative action over the years to requests for information about specific floor amendments the paper is thus intended to be a reference document on the major statutory decisions taken by congress on the social security program. Social security reform current issues and legislation congressional research service 1 background social security reform is an issue of ongoing interest to policymakers in 2011 social security program changes were discussed during negotiations on legislation to increase the federal debt limit and reduce federal budget deficits. Social security needs to return to its anti poverty roots on the other hand social security faces a 75 year deficit equal to 266 percent of workers covered earnings that is if the payroll . Politicians describe social security as the third rail meaning that enacting any benefit cuts will kill them politically but this is precisely what they voted to do under the bipartisan budget
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