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Budget Control Act of 2011

Congress continues its stealth assault on Social Security's customer service

Congress continues its stealth assault on Social Security's customer service

In fiscal terms, there’s no earthly reason for Congress to be stingy with Social Security’s administrative budget. The money comes out of workers’ payroll taxes and the system’s other revenue, not from the general treasury. And it’s spent with painstaking care: The Social Security Administration is one of the government’s most efficient agencies, with a core administrative budget of 0.7% of benefits, devoted to upholding a decades-old reputation for superb customer service. 

But Congress hasn’t gotten the memo. This week, the Senate Appropriations Committee cut the agency’s administrative budget request by nearly 5.5%,...

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