Why the “Super Committee” Should Exempt Social Security from Deficit-Reduction Cuts

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Debt-ceiling legislation recently signed into law created a powerful joint committee of Congress known as the “Super Committee,” which is charged with proposing legislation that reduces federal deficits by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years. The committee’s recommendations will receive an up-or-down vote without amendment in each chamber, and without being subject to the Senate filibuster.  This fact sheet explains why the committee’s recommendations should not include cuts to Social Security.

“Super Committee” Should Exempt Social Security from Cuts

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