75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act, 50843-50844 [2010-20594]

Download as PDF 50843 Presidential Documents Federal Register Vol. 75, No. 159 Wednesday, August 18, 2010 Title 3— Proclamation 8546 of August 13, 2010 The President 75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act to protect ordinary Americans ‘‘against the loss of a job and against poverty-ridden old age.’’ Our Nation was entrenched in the Great Depression. Unemployment neared 20 percent, and millions of Americans struggled to provide for themselves and their families. In the midst of all this, the Social Security Act brought hope to some of our most vulnerable citizens, giving elderly Americans income security and bringing us closer to President Roosevelt’s vision of a Nation free from want or fear. As our country recovers from one of the greatest economic challenges since that time, we are grateful for President Roosevelt’s perseverance, and for the countless public servants whose efforts produced the Social Security program we know today. Seventy-five years later, Social Security remains a safety net for seniors and a source of resilience for all Americans. Since 1935, it has been expanded to include dependent and survivor benefits, disability insurance, and guaranteed medical insurance for seniors through Medicare. It is a lasting promise that we can retire with dignity and peace of mind, that workers who become disabled can support themselves, and that families who suffer the loss of a loved one will not live in poverty. My Administration is committed to strengthening our retirement system and protecting Social Security as a reliable income source for seniors, workers who develop disabilities, and dependents. After a lifetime of contributions to our Nation and its economy, Americans have earned this support. The new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, helps sustain this commitment and improves the long-term outlook of the Social Security program. My Administration is dedicated to safeguarding Social Security’s promise of retirement with dignity and security. rfrederick on DSKD9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES On the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Act, let us ensure we continue to preserve this program’s original purpose in the 21st century. Together, we can give our children and our grandchildren the same protections we have cherished for decades, and in doing so, lead our Nation to a brighter day. NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim August 14, 2010, as the 75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act. I call upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities that recognize the historic legacy of the Social Security Act, as well as the vital safety net it provides to millions of Americans. VerDate Mar<15>2010 04:33 Aug 17, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\18AUD0.SGM 18AUD0 50844 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 159 / Wednesday, August 18, 2010 / Presidential Documents IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord two thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth. [FR Doc. 2010–20594 Filed 8–17–10; 8:45 am] VerDate Mar<15>2010 04:33 Aug 17, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4705 Sfmt 4790 E:\FR\FM\18AUD0.SGM 18AUD0 OB#1.EPS</GPH> rfrederick on DSKD9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Billing code 3195–W0–P

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 159 (Wednesday, August 18, 2010)]
[Presidential Documents]
[Pages 50843-50844]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-20594]




                        Presidential Documents 



Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 159 / Wednesday, August 18, 2010 / 
Presidential Documents

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Title 3--
The President

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                Proclamation 8546 of August 13, 2010

                
75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act

                By the President of the United States of America

                A Proclamation

                On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt 
                signed into law the Social Security Act to protect 
                ordinary Americans ``against the loss of a job and 
                against poverty-ridden old age.'' Our Nation was 
                entrenched in the Great Depression. Unemployment neared 
                20 percent, and millions of Americans struggled to 
                provide for themselves and their families. In the midst 
                of all this, the Social Security Act brought hope to 
                some of our most vulnerable citizens, giving elderly 
                Americans income security and bringing us closer to 
                President Roosevelt's vision of a Nation free from want 
                or fear.

                As our country recovers from one of the greatest 
                economic challenges since that time, we are grateful 
                for President Roosevelt's perseverance, and for the 
                countless public servants whose efforts produced the 
                Social Security program we know today. Seventy-five 
                years later, Social Security remains a safety net for 
                seniors and a source of resilience for all Americans. 
                Since 1935, it has been expanded to include dependent 
                and survivor benefits, disability insurance, and 
                guaranteed medical insurance for seniors through 
                Medicare. It is a lasting promise that we can retire 
                with dignity and peace of mind, that workers who become 
                disabled can support themselves, and that families who 
                suffer the loss of a loved one will not live in 
                poverty.

                My Administration is committed to strengthening our 
                retirement system and protecting Social Security as a 
                reliable income source for seniors, workers who develop 
                disabilities, and dependents. After a lifetime of 
                contributions to our Nation and its economy, Americans 
                have earned this support. The new health care law, the 
                Affordable Care Act, helps sustain this commitment and 
                improves the long-term outlook of the Social Security 
                program. My Administration is dedicated to safeguarding 
                Social Security's promise of retirement with dignity 
                and security.

                On the 75th anniversary of the Social Security Act, let 
                us ensure we continue to preserve this program's 
                original purpose in the 21st century. Together, we can 
                give our children and our grandchildren the same 
                protections we have cherished for decades, and in doing 
                so, lead our Nation to a brighter day.

                NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the 
                United States of America, by virtue of the authority 
                vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the 
                United States, do hereby proclaim August 14, 2010, as 
                the 75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act. I call 
                upon all Americans to observe this day with appropriate 
                ceremonies and activities that recognize the historic 
                legacy of the Social Security Act, as well as the vital 
                safety net it provides to millions of Americans.

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                IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 
                thirteenth day of August, in the year of our Lord two 
                thousand ten, and of the Independence of the United 
                States of America the two hundred and thirty-fifth.
                
                
                    (Presidential Sig.)

[FR Doc. 2010-20594
Filed 8-17-10; 8:45 am]
Billing code 3195-W0-P