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Larson: President Biden’s Budget is a Win for Social Security Beneficiaries

May 28, 2021
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) applauded the announcement that President Biden’s budget includes a 9.7 percent increase in the Social Security Administration’s budget for 2022. 

“The Social Security Administration’s mission is to help Americans access benefits they have paid for and deserve. However, due to years of underfunding, SSA has not always been able to meet that goal. This has resulted in long wait times and delays in benefit approvals. President Biden’s proposed increase of $14.2 billion is much needed and would be a win for Social Security beneficiaries, and all Americans,” 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: 

  • Additional funding to strengthen SSA customer service by processing applications more quickly and responding to requests for assistance, and 
  • 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.