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For Immediate Release

Linda Benesch, 240-342-4301,

Trump Economic Advisors Push "Work Til' You Die Plan" To Gut Social Security

The following is a statement from


The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, in response to a report from the Washington Post that senior White House economic officials support a plan to give people cash, but only if they forfeit a portion of their future Social Security benefits:

"The Trump Administration is obsessed with using the coronavirus crisis to undermine our Social Security system. Trump is fanatically dedicated to defunding Social Security by cutting or outright eliminating its dedicated revenue stream, the payroll tax.

Now, Trump's advisors are pushing a plan that would force people to choose: Go hungry today or work until you die.

Social Security is an earned insurance benefit. It is not a piggy bank. This plan, and any plan that raids Social Security, is a moral abomination. Instead of trying to steal the earned benefits of desperate people, the government should be sending $2000 a month to everyone in America, as Democrats in Congress have proposed."

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.