Presidency by Hugh Sidey: Assaulted from All Sides

Yet the Social Security reform plan may get through Congress

When Republican Senator Robert Dole of Kansas, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, introduces a bill entitled S.1 this week, he will be the first of a phalanx of blockers trying to mow down obstacles to congressional approval of a $168 billion Social Security compromise package. With the bipartisan blessings of President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O'Neill, the National Commission on Social Security Reform hammered together the agreement hours short of its Jan. 15 deadline. The commission's success, after months of deadlock, may have saved the entire Social Security issue from...

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