January 17,1935: Proposal For Social Security Sent To Congress

Important Social Security related events took place during the month of January. From the history section of the Social Security website, here is one of them.

On June 8, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in a message to the Congress, announced his intention to provide a program for Social Security. Subsequently, the President created by Executive Order the Committee on Economic Security, which was instructed to study the entire problem of economic insecurity and to make recommendations that would serve as the basis for legislative consideration by the Congress.

Shortly after the 74th Congress convened in January 1935, President Roosevelt sent his “Economic Security Bill” to Capitol Hill. The Administration proposal was transmitted to the Congress on January 17, 1935 and it was introduced that same day in the Senate by Senator Robert Wagner (D-NY) and in the House by Congressman Robert Doughton (D-NC) and David Lewis (D-MD).

Recommendations included Federal old-age insurance, Federal-State public assistance and unemployment insurance programs, and extension of public health, maternal and child health, services for crippled children and child welfare services, and vocational rehabilitation but not health insurance.

Eventually this bill was renamed as the “Social Security Act of 1935” and signed into law by President Roosevelt on August 14, 1935.