Social Security Expansion

Archive Report

Pressure for Early Action by Congress

Broadening the social security system to ensure virtually every worker who retires at 65 a regular income for the remainder of his life, with adequate provision for his wife or widow and minor children, is on the program of the Eisenhower administration for the present session of Congress. Expansion and liberalization of old-age insurance has strong bipartisan support and any legislation to this end which carries administration endorsement is certain of adoption whenever it can be brought to a vote.

The 1952 platforms of both parties called for extension of old-age and survivors insurance to sizeable groups now lacking protection against the economic hazards of advancing years. President Eisenhower urged universal coverage of the working population in his campaign speeches1 ...

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