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For Immediate Release
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217 Republicans Just Voted to Cut Social Security

The following is a statement from Alex Lawson, Executive Director of Social Security Works, in response to 217 House Republicans voting for a bill that reduces funding funding for the Social Security Administration:

“Nearly every Republican in the U.S. House just voted to slash the already inadequate funding of the Social Security Administration (SSA). If this bill becomes law, it will force SSA to close field offices, reduce hours, and lay off thousands of workers. This will make it far harder for Americans to claim the benefits they’ve earned.

Cuts to SSA are cuts to Social Security, and we will hold every single one of these members accountable.

This vote shows that Republicans are united in support of cutting Social Security, while Democrats are united in support of a clean debt limit increase with no cuts to Social Security or any other benefits.”

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.