Social Security

In early January, the House of Representatives approved a rule that prohibits any legislation that would reallocate funds between the Social Security Administration’s Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) and its Disability Insurance (DI) programs.

NSCLC has serious concerns about this rule because it would lead to sharp cuts in benefits by the end of 2016 for DI beneficiaries, including older adults with disabilities, and is designed to set the stage for cuts to the overall Social Security program. Read our full statement here.

NSCLC believes that protecting Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is a priority. Throughout our history, we have fought to preserve these safety net programs through working with the Social Security Administration, challenging unfair practices in the courts, and, in collaboration with others, defended the programs from harmful change.

Several proposals have been offered by policymakers in 2010-11 to change Social Security as we know it. The arguments for change have tied the problems with future solvency to the current federal budget deficit even though the program has nothing to do with it.

NSCLC is a member of Social Security Works, a coalition that
seeks to strengthen Social Security, not cut it. We also work closely with the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, a national membership organization, and the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations, a coalition of 66 aging organizations, on related advocacy issues.