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Murray Introduces Bill to Strengthen Social Security with Updates for Modern Workforce

Set of proposals would modernize, enhance, and protect Social Security


Social Security, passed 80 years ago, was designed for single-income families


Today there are more dual-income workers, more women in the workforce, and fewer employer-offered pensions


Bill also shores up Social Security Trust Fund with “fair share” provision


(Washington, D.C.) –Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee introduced the Stronger Safety Net (SSN) Act, a set of common sense proposals to modernize, enhance, and protect Social Security. The bill offers provisions to shore up the Social Security Trust Fund, extend benefits for children in families facing hardship, and enhance benefits for workers—particularly women who are more likely to face financial hardship in retirement.


“For generations, our seniors and families facing hardship have benefited from the safety net provided by Social Security,” said Senator Murray. “We owe it to current workers and future generations to make sure that net remains strong by modernizing it to address the needs of today’s workforce, enhancing it to better support those at risk of falling through the cracks, and protecting it for future generations.”


The SSN Act would update the Social Security Act—which passed over 80 years ago—to address the changes and needs of the modern workforce. With more dual-income families, more women in the workforce, fewer employers offering traditional pension plans, and higher education becoming more important and more expensive, the SSN Act would address these modern realities by strengthening Social Security to:

  • Enhance benefits for divorced spouses
  • Enhance benefits for widows and widowers
  • Extend benefits for children of workers who have retired, have a disability, or are deceased
  • Shore up the Social Security Trust fund by asking those who can afford it to pay their fair share


Read more in the SSN Act fact sheet HERE.