Social Security

Social Security

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  • President FDR then signed this bill into law in 1935. In order to maintain it he created the Social Security Board comprised of 3 presidential appointees. The board's job was to give information on how earning were to be recorded and what benefits would be provided. In 1946 this was replaced by the Social Security Administration.
  • Clear Need
  • Next, the proposal was given to Congress for consideration. The bill was introduced on the same day it was received and given to both the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, in order to make sure to capitalize on always changing public interest. The bill, sure enough, got through committee, despite some close votes on several provisions.
  • Strong and Consistent Public Support
  • How it got passed?
  • Willingness in Congress to pass major legislation
  • FDR's party had a decisive majority in both the House and the Senate
  • Overall, I believe that Social Security has been a successful and vital piece of legislation in the United States. It has provided a crucial safety net for the elderly especially during economic downturns like the great depression and other recessions. However, the problem with Social Security has been that during times of economic prosperity it is not easy to reform or cut back spending, as people are not willing to lose any benefits. This has increasingly become a problem as the number of elderly in the U.S. has increased.
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  • Is it a good policy
  • After intensive research, the CES turned in their report to Congress. With detailed analysis, their report suggested that the traditional means of financial security were not enough in the modern era where "The complexities of great communities and of organized industry make less real these simple means of security". The report also laid out a detailed legislative proposal.
  • On the back of strong public support, the Bill passed both chambers easily. However, a conference committee was needed to settle the differences in the House and Senate bills.
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