Larson Applauds President Biden’s Social Security Administration Budget Increase
Hartford, CT – Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the announcement that President Biden has proposed a 9.7 percent increase in the Social Security Administration’s budget for 2022.
“President Biden’s budget proposal includes the necessary increases for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help Americans access the benefits they’re earned. For too many years, SSA has lacked adequate funding for its basic operating costs, which has resulted in delays in benefit approvals and busy signals and long wait times for those trying to contact SSA to resolve a problem. The President’s 2022 budget proposes much-needed investments to strengthen SSA’s service to the American public and support agency employees during this pandemic,” said Larson.
President Biden’s 2022 discretionary request includes $14.2 billion for SSA, an increase of $1.3 billion or 9.7 percent above 2021. The request includes:
- $895 million in additional funding to strengthen SSA customer service by processing applications more quickly and responding to requests for assistance, and
- $75 million in additional funding for outreach to ensure that SSA benefits reach the most vulnerable individuals including people who are homeless and children and adults with severe disabilities.