Social Securities Administration

Bryson Jirovsky

Why It Was Created & Who Founded It

Since it was created during the New Deal, many have credited President Franklin Roosevelt for establishing Social Security. However, the idea was really that of maverick Democratic Senator Huey Long of Louisiana, who proposed the “Every Man a King” program in 1930. Huey Long proposed that every person receive an old-age pension when they reached the age of 60. On June 8, 1934, the Committee on Economic Security sponsored the first-ever national town-hall forum on Social Security and drafted a detailed legislative proposal for a social security program. The SSA was passed in August 1935.

How it Worked

The SSA is responsible for distributing retirement benefits and disability payments to Americans. The administration implements two main programs. The largest is the Old-Age, Survivors Disability, and Insurance, which is commonly referred to as Social Security. This program provides the funds to more than 54 million Americans who are age 65 or older. The other program, Supplemental Income, provides financial support to more than 8.1 million Americans who are aged, blind, or disabled adults and to children with limited income and resources. The Social Securities Administration is still around today.

Importance of the New Deal

The New Deal offered new jobs and opportunities for men, women, and farmers. It also provided direct relief for the needy.