Political Division on Disability Insurance
Impending Senate Fight on Social Security Bill
A hard senate fight lies ahead for a House-approved amendment to the Social Security Act to pay retirement benefits at as early an age as 50 years to persons who become totally and permanently disabled. The proposal presents a political dilemma for its opponents in Congress, chiefly Republican members, because they dislike voting in an election year against a measure of potential benefit to a large segment of the electorate. Their position is rendered more difficult by the fact that the disability provision is only one of several proposed amendments to the Social Security Act embodied in the pending bill; one of the amendments, which would extend basic social security coverage to several groups ...