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For Immediate Release

Andrew Saul is Unfit to Lead the Social Security Administration

The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Secur


The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, in anticipation of tomorrow's Senate Finance Committee hearing on Donald Trump's nomination of Andrew M. Saul for Commissioner Of Social Security:

"Like so many of Donald Trump's nominees, Andrew Saul is utterly unqualified for the position to which he has been nominated. He has no background in Social Security whatsoever.

He did, however,serve on the boardof the right-wing Manhattan Institute which has consistently been extremely hostile to Social Security, including publishing articlesadvocating for drastic cuts to benefits.

Furthermore, Saul has a track record of deeply concerning personal conduct. In November 2007, Saul was forced to drop out of the race for a New York Congressional seat due to unethical campaign contributions. In April 2012, Saul tried to lie "his way out of a trespassing rap by falsely identifying himself as a police commissioner."

Saul graduated from The Wharton School in 1968, the same year as Donald Trump. Like Trump and many of Trump's appointees, including Brett Kavanaugh, Saul appears to believe that his wealth and privilege should make him above the law.

This is not a man who should be in charge of Social Security, a program that is an essential lifeline for over 60 million Americans and their families. A vote for Andrew Saul is a vote against Social Security. The Senate Finance Committee must reject this nomination."

Further Reading:

Letter from the Strengthen Social Security Coalition urging the Finance Committee to reject Saul

Social Security Works' mission is to: Protect and improve the economic security of disadvantaged and at-risk populations; Safeguard the economic security of those dependent, now or in the future, on Social Security; and Maintain Social Security as a vehicle of social justice.