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H.R. 8171 (116th): Save our Social Security Now Act

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About the bill

Is the executive order, as opponents contend, the first step in defunding Social Security?


Social Security, the federal financial assistance program for 65 million retirees and disabled people, is paid for in part through employee contributions deducted from their paychecks called payroll taxes.

With many workers hurting financially, on August 8, President Trump issued an executive order deferring many employees’ payroll taxes from September 1 through December 31. The executive order applies for employees who earn less than $4,000 in a two-week period, equivalent to about $104,000 per year. While that may sound good, critics warn the move is a “first step in defunding Social Security.”

What the bill does

The Save our Social Security Now Act would overturn Trump’s executive order and reinstate all employee ...

Sponsor and status

John Larson

Sponsor. Representative for Connecticut's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 4, 2020
Length: 5 pages
Sep 4, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 4, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


Position statements

What legislators are saying

MILPERS Chair Speier Condemns the President’s Reckless Actions to Jeopardize the Finances of Military Servicemembers by Forcing them into an Election-Year Payroll-Tax-Deferral Scam
    — Rep. Jackie Speier [D-CA14] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 25, 2020

Congresswoman Gwen Moore Supports Legislation to Overturn Trump’s Empty Executive Action on Payroll Taxes to Sabotage Social Security
    — Rep. Gwen Moore [D-WI4] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 9, 2020

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Sep 4, 2020

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 8171 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 8171. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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