Social Security for Americans In Their 20s? Bernie Sanders Has a Big Idea.

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      Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland have introduced a bill called the Helping Students Successfully Overcome Adversity and Rise (SOAR) with Social Security Act. The bill, according to a press release issued by Van Hollen’s office, would “extend Social Security benefits to age 26 for students who are survivors, children of disabled workers, and eligible grandchildren of retired workers.”

      Currently, such benefits are available to those 19 and under who meet that criteria. Such benefits were available to older students until the early 1980s, when Ronald Reagan passed Social Security reform.

      “Children who receive Social Security benefits have faced unique and challenging hardships – like the loss of a parent. For these young people, the financial burdens are real – often requiring them to work in order to compensate for their limited family income – and stand in the way of their continued education,” Sen. Van Hollen, a Democrat from Maryland, said in the announcement. “This legislation would provide the support these students and their families need to remove these barriers and allow them to further their education. It’s crucial that we pass this bill to provide greater opportunity and access to college for over one million of these young Americans.”

      “It is absolutely unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of bright young Americans do not get a higher education each year, not because they are unqualified, but because their family does not have enough money,” Sen. Sanders, the independent from Vermont who caucuses with the Democrats, said in the release. “For 4 million kids ages 19 and under, Social Security child benefits provide critical help. It is time to expand the Social Security child benefit to give students the support they need through college to help address this crisis.”

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