Tag Archives: Social Security

Ron Johnson Lies About Wanting To Cut Social Security

Raw Story reports: “Probably the most outrageous lie they are telling now is I want to cut or end Social Security,” Johnson told the hosts of Fox & Friends on Sunday. “I mean, just give that a second of thought. What elected official would ever want to cut Social Security? It is absurd on its face.” “I want to save …

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Johnson Floats Plan To Wreck Social Security, Medicare

The Wisconsin State Journal reports: Saying programs like Social Security and Medicare suffer from improper oversight, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson on Tuesday called for turning every government program into discretionary spending programs, meaning Congress would have to allocate funding for the programs each year. Such an effort could lead to yearly battles over the programs — fights that some Republicans …

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DOJ Drops Opposition To Survivor Benefits For LGBTs

NBC News reports: Social Security survivors benefits will now be available to same-sex spouses and partners who had been denied access due to previous bans on gay marriage. The Department of Justice and the Social Security Administration on Monday announced that they dismissed appeals filed by the then-Trump administration in two class-action lawsuits related to Social Security survivors benefits for …

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Biden Fires Trump Appointee Social Security Head

The Washington Post reports: President Biden on Friday fired Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul, a holdover from the Trump administration who had alienated crucial Democratic constituencies with policies designed to clamp down benefits and an uncompromising anti-union stance. Saul was fired after refusing a request to resign, White House officials said. His deputy, David Black, who was also appointed by …

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AARP To Trump: Don’t Mess With Our Social Security

From the AARP’s letter to Trump: On behalf of our 38 million members and all older Americans nationwide, we write to ask you for a more complete explanation of your recent statements suggesting elimination of the current dedicated funding for Social Security. The foundation of Social Security, for 85 years, is that workers and employers pay into the program, and …

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Trump Claims He’ll “Terminate” Payroll Tax If Reelected

So this just happened: Donald Trump has promised to scrap the payroll tax if he is reelected and said it could save families up to $5,000 a year. “We will be terminating the payroll tax after I hopefully get elected,” the president said on Wednesday. However, Trump insisted: “We’re not going to touch Social Security.” Just days earlier, on Saturday, …

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Joe Biden: Trump Is Trying To Defund Social Security

From a statement posted last night by Joe Biden: Unable to deliver for the American people in a time of crisis, Donald Trump offered a series of half-baked measures today. He is putting Social Security at grave risk at a time when seniors are suffering the overwhelming impact of a pandemic he has failed to get under control. And make …

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Trump Advisor Calls For Privatizing Social Security

“This is an idea that I don’t know if the Trump administration is going to embrace, but it’s something, I think, for middle class people would be one of the best ways for every American to own stock in America. So, instead — the idea would be, you know, rather than having to send your 10% of your paycheck into …

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TEXAS: Social Security Administration Judge Sues Rather Than Watch Mandatory LGBT Diversity Video

The Washington Post reports: Citing his First Amendment rights and religious protections under the Civil Rights Act, a Social Security Administration judge in Texas who refused to watch an LGBT diversity training video is suing his superiors to avoid being fired, saying he was subject to a “religiously hostile work environment.” Judge Gary Suttles said in a complaint filed Thursday …

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Bernie Wins Concessions In Democratic Platform: Minimum Wage, Death Penalty, Social Security

A draft version of the 2016 Democratic National Committee platform has been released with several new items pushed strongly by Bernie Sanders. The Hill reports: The platform explicitly calls for a $15 minimum wage, a position long espoused by Sanders. “Democrats believe that the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to a living wage,” the …

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TEXAS: Lambda Legal Wins Lawsuit Against Feds For Social Security Benefits For Lesbian Widow

Via press release from Lambda Legal: Today Lambda Legal announced the resolution of its lawsuit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) brought on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee). “The Social Security Administration has finally adjusted Kathy’s …

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Feds To Retroactively Grant Social Security Spousal Benefits To Couples In States Affected By Obergefell Ruling

If you are living in one of the eleven states that didn’t have same-sex marriage until the Obergefell ruling, the federal government will now retroactively offer Social Security spousal benefits. The Hill reports: Susan Sommer of Lambda Legal said the government’s decision “could right a wrong for hundreds of same-sex spouses” who lived in the 11 states that didn’t recognize …

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Tony Perkins Has The RINO Sadz

“Almost a dozen Republicans — some who visibly campaigned on natural marriage — sided with Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) in tearing down the last two federal holdouts that respect state marriage laws: the social security and veterans’ administrations. Unlike other departments, these agencies have consistently recognized marriage for couples based on the state where they live — not the state …

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Eleven Senate Republicans Vote For Benefits For Married Same-Sex Couples

Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: Eleven Senate Republicans joined with all of the Democrats on Thursday night in supporting an amendment to guarantee equal Social Security and veterans benefits to married same-sex couples — even if they live in a state that does not recognize such marriages. The vote was one of many, nonbinding Senate votes of a broad range …

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Obama’s Budget Gives Social Security Benefits to Gay Couples Nationwide

Via Talking Points Memo: In his fiscal 2016 budget, released Monday, President Barack Obama proposed allowing married same-sex couples to receive spousal Social Security benefits, regardless of which state they live in. Currently, married same-sex couples lose their benefits it they move to a state that does not recognize their unions. “The budget proposes to amend the Social Security Act …

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ALABAMA: Social Security Administration Denies Death Benefits To Gay Widower

JMG reader Paul Hard has received the above letter from the Social Security Administration which advises him that since he and his late husband were not married “under the laws of Alabama,” he is not eligible for federal death benefits. Last month Lambda Legal sued the federal government on behalf of a Texas widow that was told the same: SSA …

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Lambda Legal Sues Social Security Adminstration On Behalf Of Texas Widow

Via press release: Today Lambda Legal filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) on behalf of Kathy Murphy, a Texas widow denied spousal benefits after the death of her wife, and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (the National Committee), arguing that denying Social Security benefits to same-sex spouses because they live in states that discriminate …

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Social Security To Pay Survivor Benefits To Gay Widows And Widowers

“I am pleased to announce that, effective today, Social Security is processing some widow’s and widower’s claims by surviving members of same-sex marriages and paying benefits where they are due. In addition, we are able to pay some one-time lump sum death benefit claims to surviving same-sex spouses. As I stated shortly after the Supreme Court decision on Section 3 …

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Feds Announce Social Security Benefits For Spouses In Same-Sex Marriages

Via press release from the office of Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security. I am pleased to announce that Social Security is now processing some retirement spouse claims for same-sex couples and paying benefits where they are due. The recent Supreme Court decision on Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, made just over a month ago, …

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White House Tells Cabinet To Evaluate Post-DOMA Social Security Benefits

Via press release from the White House Office of Communications:  The President has directed the Attorney General to work with other members of his Cabinet to review the recent Supreme Court decision and determine its impact on Federal benefit programs – including benefits administered by Social Security – to ensure that we implement the decision swiftly and smoothly. We are …

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