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Larson: We Need a Biden Appointee Running Social Security

June 24, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Collins v. Yellen

“Justice Alito made it clear that President Biden needs someone who will fulfill his promise of protecting and strengthening Social Security as the head of the Social Security Administration. As Justice Alito stated:

‘The removal power helps the President maintain a degree of control over the subordinates he needs to carry out his duties as the head of the Executive Branch, and it works to ensure that these subordinates serve the people effectively and in accordance with the policies that the people presumably elected the President to promote.’ 

“This not a political move,” Larson continued. “This is achieving the outcomes of a President who has called Social Security a sacred trust between the American people and their government. 

“That is why myself and several members of Congress have previously called for the removal of Andrew Saul

“Congress has not acted to improve and strengthen Social Security in more than 50 years.  Benefits have not kept pace with the cost of living and 5 million seniors are currently receiving below poverty-level benefits. This is shameful for the wealthiest nation in the world and the shame is shared with Congress and its inability to act. We now have a President and two chambers in Congress that are aligned with the same goal in mind of enhancing and improving Social Security and the President needs a Commissioner that will carry out his priorities.” 

 

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