Cummings Urges Boehner To Protect Social Security

March 16, 2011
Press Release

Cummings Urges Boehner To Protect Social Security
Congressman signs letter encouraging Speaker to avoid funding cuts present in H.R. 1.

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform recently signed onto a letter, co-signed by 124 other Members, urging Speaker John Boehner to move away from cuts to Social Security written into the Republican Continuing Resolution, H.R. 1.

Cuts in that document, which is acting as the Republican basis for negotiations on the eventual 2011 Continuing Resolution, will create more than $1.5 billion in cuts to the Social Security Administration’s operating budget. SSA estimates that the cuts would create a shutdown in SSA operations of up to four weeks, delaying benefit processing for almost 700,000 new retirees.

“We ask you to join us in taking a firm stand on protecting SSA’s ability to provide critical services to Americans,” the letter read in part.

“Social Security is our social contract with workers in our nation,” said Cummings. “It tells Americans that when they work to help improve our economy and our standing in the world; when they go to work to help provide for their families, this country will not allow them to live through starvation, ill health and fear in their retirement years.
“Social Security is not, and has never been, a retirement fund. It is an insurance policy; making certain that no one who lives in our nation will have to work themselves into a grave, for fear of not being able to support themselves after retirement. We must protect this critical promise to our future.”