The Social Security Act of 1935 established a federal old-age pension financed with employee-employer payroll taxes for most workers in commerce and industry. Congress has changed the Social Security program many times. Amendments to the original ...
Act have: added survivors' and dependants' benefits; added disability, hospital, and medical insurance; expanded coverage to new groups of workers; lowered the minimum age for retirement benefits; increased payroll taxes; raised benefits; provided for automatic adjustment of benefits to reflect inflation; and, made numerous other changes. This book reviews the major votes taken by the House and Senate in passing the original act and in amending it from 1936 through the present.