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Editorial: Proposals could help Social Security and Trump

Editorial: Proposals could help Social Security and Trump

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Washington, DC, April 7, 2017 | comments

As Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives hem and haw over when and how to make a second attempt at repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, President Trump has an opportunity to work with Democrats to keep one of his campaign promises and claim a major victory: protecting Social Security.

Trump, in his promise, meant that he wouldn’t seek cuts to Social Security benefits, and his recent “skinny” budget stayed true to that pledge, instead making significant cuts to federal government agencies such as the State Department and Environmental Protection Agency to pay for significant increases for the military.

But actual protection of Social Security will require reforms that sustain the more-than-80-year-old program and keep its trust funds solvent into the 22nd century.

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