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Parties clash over Social Security disability trust fund The Obama administration and Congress are in conflict over how to address the financial woes of the Social Security Disability Insurance program, which is likely to cut benefits for disabled workers by 19% in 2016 because of dwindling funds, according to this article in The Wall Street Journal. President Barack Obama’s proposed budget wants to shore up the program by raising the portion of the payroll tax intended for the disability fund by 0.9 percentage point, a proposal that Republican lawmakers opposed because it should come with changes to fix Social Security’s overall financial health. “Regrettably, President Obama isn’t doing anything to ensure that this [shortfall] never, ever happens again,” said Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi, R., Wyo.  --The Wall Street Journal

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