BACKGROUND: Social Security

June 7, 2005

Many Americans are following efforts being put forth to change our Social Security Program. At its February 2005 meeting, the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church passed policy reaffirming our Church’s recognition and support of Social Security as an effective government response to protecting vulnerable persons in our society.

Specifically the Council expressed “that if the United States Government is to make changes in the Social Security program, the Episcopal Church urges (1) maintaining the fundamental structure and intent of the program and assuring its long-tem financial stability and (2) not putting a disproportionate burden on the low-income and working poor.”

The Senate Finance and the House Ways and Means Committees have jurisdiction over the Social Security program and have already convened hearings on near and long term measures to ensure the solvency of this important program. Some of those proposals include controversial changes like the creation of private accounts. Additional hearings are scheduled for later this summer. Legislators need to hear from their constituents now!

On June 6, 2005, the Presiding Bishop sent a letter to both Senate Finance and Ways and Means Committees.


Additional Resources:

National Academy of Social Insurance
To Preserve and Strengthen Social Security: Religious Organization Statement of Principles
Executive Council Resolution