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Larson Moves to Block Trump’s Plan to Defund Social Security

September 2, 2020
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01), announced he will introduce legislation to overturn President Trump’s executive action to “defer” the payroll tax as well as work with Senate colleagues to initiate a Congressional Review Act resolution to expedite the vote.

“Americans are relying on Social Security more than ever during the pandemic. They need to know that Social Security is secure and will be there for them. That is why I am introducing legislation to block the President’s executive order to defer payroll taxes and am working with Senate colleagues to introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution.  Americans contribute to their retirement, disability and survivors’ benefits through payroll deductions.  This order is reckless, unworkable, and gives new meaning to the term “surprise billing.”  Early next year Americans will be required by Trump to pay double to make up for this pointless charade!
Trump has said he will “terminate” payroll taxes completely if he wins a second term, defunding Social Security.  Eliminating these payments is the first step towards a long-time conservative dream to end Social Security as we know it.  This is a direct attack on our country’s most popular program that must be stopped,” said Larson.

Larson also noted, “I will continue to support far better ways to put money in the pockets of all Americans such as the Heroes Act during these difficult times.”