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Trump holdovers are denying Social Security benefits to the hardest working Americans

  April 7, 2021 | By Nancy Altman, The Hill

When we talk about infrastructure, we can’t forget about the people who make it happen: Millions of Americans who build skyscrapers, assemble cars, dig mines, and clean hotel rooms. They work in some of the most physically demanding jobs in our country.

After decades of backbreaking labor, many of these workers’ bodies break down. They find themselves in their 50s or early 60s, unable to continue to work. Fortunately, they have been contributing to Social Security.

The Social Security benefits we earn with every paycheck provide protection when we are no longer able to work. In addition to old age benefits, Social Security provides insurance against the loss of wages in the event of disability, as well as the death of a family breadwinner. Since the bodies of people in physically demanding jobs frequently break down before they reach retirement age, they are more likely to claim Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

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