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The proposal for ‘chained CPI,’ a cut to future benefits, during the Obama administration led to its widespread use in other areas of the government. Read more


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wants the federal poverty line to better reflect the realities of modern life. The Trump administration wants to do the opposite. Read more

Economic Policy

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John Larson used a customer service–style approach to get his fellow Democrats aboard a bill to expand Social Security benefits. Read more



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The Trump administration has proposed to adjust how we measure poverty, in an ill-disguised attempt to cut benefit levels. Read more

Economic Policy


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Proposals abound to overhaul the Social Security system via means-testing, raising the retirement age, or price adjustments. But the real solution to a fairer, more stable retirement system is Social Security expansion. Read more

Economic Policy