President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security
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The revised Final Report of the Commission, has been released. This report includes Social Security's estimates of financial effects of the three models developed by the Commission. Look on our "Reports" page or click here to go directly to the Final Report.
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    President Bush Announces Commission to Strengthen Social SecurityOn May 2, President Bush announced establishment of a bipartisan, 16-member Commission "to study and report specific recommendations to preserve Social Security for seniors while building wealth for younger Americans."

    Guiding Principles

    The Commission was asked to make recommendations to modernize and restore fiscal soundness to Social Security, using six guiding principles:

    • Modernization must not change Social Security benefits for retirees or near-retirees.
    • The entire Social Security surplus must be dedicated only to Social Security.
    • Social Security payroll taxes must not be increased.
    • The government must not invest Social Security funds in the stock market.
    • Modernization must preserve Social Security`s disability and survivors insurance programs.
    • Modernization must include individually controlled, voluntary personal retirement accounts, which will augment Social Security.

    Findings of the Commission

    Public hearings began on June 11 and concluded on December 11, 2001. The Commission released its final report on December 21, 2001 (revised March 19, 2002), presenting three models for modifying the current Social Security program.

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