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Obama pushes back against GOP assault on Social Security disability
Obama pushes back against GOP assault on Social Security disability

President Obama is taking a strong line against one of the most despicable acts of the new Republican Congress, the House's effort to manufacture a Social Security crisis by attacking the disabled. The president's proposed budget for fiscal 2016, released Monday, includes a concise reply to this stunt: No dice. The issue is how to deal with the disability program's looming fiscal crisis. The reserve from which disability benefits are partially paid is expected to run out next year. At that point, payroll tax receipts allocated to disability will be sufficient only to pay about 80% of currently scheduled benefits. The consequence would be a cut of about 20% in benefits that...

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