President Trump & GOP Congress Propose Cutting Social Security by $72 Billion
The recently released budget created by Congress and supported by President Trump has some seriously bad news for America’s poorest citizens. The budget outlines drastic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. The proposed budget proposes cutting Medicare by $266 BILLION, Medicaid by $1.1 TRILLION and Social Security by $72 BILLION over the next decade.
The full budget document proposal lists “Reform disability programs” in line for a $72 billion decrease over the 10-year budget window. This includes explicit cuts to Supplemental Security Income programs and Social Security Disability Insurance programs, both managed by the Social Security Administration.
SSDI recipients are people who have become disabled and who have paid taxes into the Social Security Trust Fund, while SSI is needs-based — both programs have a lengthy waiting period before anyone receives benefits.
The cuts target retroactive SSDI benefits, multi-recipient SSI families, overlapping unemployment and disability payments, and other administration programs.
Last year, when an almost identical proposed cut in 2017’s budget document appeared, a source with knowledge of the budget told ThinkProgress that the cuts were of such a magnitude that it would be like making the program into a block grant.
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