Legislative Branch

End living spouse benefits

SSA grew out of Widow's and Orphan's benefits programs. The idea of paying someone on the basis of who they are married to is a luxury we cannot afford. Should a wage earner die, it is understandable to help widows and orphans. But to pay households more on the basis of if two adults are married or not (as defined by the state where they reside) is not in our nation's interest.

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