Administration's 1935 Economic Security Bill
President Roosevelt's draft Social Security legislation.
Report on 1935 Act
Full text of House Ways & Means
Hearing Report on 1935 Act
Full text of Senate Finance
Finance Committee Report on 1935 Act
Full text of Senate
Finance Committee Report to the Senate on H.R. 7260 (the Social
Debates on the 1935 Act
Full text of Senate and House floor
debates on the 1935 Act.
Passage of the
Dates and vote
tallies for passage of the Social Security Act of 1935
Provisions of the 1935 Act
Set of charts summarizing the
major provisions of the law. (This is a quick and easy summary in
"plain language," as contrasted with the formal legislative language
of the original text of the law, which is provided in the next
Text of 1935
Full text of original 1935 Social Security Act.
Narrative essay on constitutionality of Social
Security Act along with full text of 1937 Supreme Court rulings.
Other significant legal rulings.
A variety of
background materials are available on the pivotal 1939
Passage of the
1956 Social Security Amendments
Dates and vote tallies for
passage of the 1956 legislation creating the Social Security
History of the Disability Program 1935-1974
House Ways &
Means Committee legislative history of the disability program up
Disability History Report
This is an internally-produced,
brief, SSA history of the Social Security and SSI disability
programs up through January 1986.
Savannah Disability Forum
In January 1993 SSA's Atlanta
Regional Office sponsored a forum in which two former key SSA
officials involved in the development of the disability program
offered their oral reminiscences about the early history of the
on the Development of the Disability Program, by Professor
Edward D. Berkowitz
This essay was presented as testimony before
the House Social Security Subcommittee on July 13, 2000.
Passage of the
Medicare Program in 1965
Dates and vote tallies for passage
of the Social Security Amendments of 1965 which introduced the
Medicare program, as well as links to a signing photo and other
Johnson's Full Remarks at Medicare Signing Ceremony
an audio recording of the Medicare signing ceremony. (Note: File is
in RealAudio format. You will need the free RealAudio
player to listen to it.)
OF MEDICARE . . . FROM IDEA TO LAW (1969) This highly-readable
Research Report provides a survey of the development of the Medicare
program in a larger historical context.
History of the Medicare Program
This is a chronological list
of the major changes in law governing various aspects of the
Medicare program. It is taken from SSA's Annual Statistical
Supplement. (Note: File in Adobe PDF format)
History of the SSI Program
This is a chronological list of
the major changes in law governing various aspects of the SSI
program. It is taken from SSA's Annual Statistical Supplement.
(Note: File in Adobe PDF format)
Highlights of legislative changes, by
program category, to over the years.
Congressional Research Service
summaries of Social Security Act legislative history.
History of the 1950 Amendments
Article by Wilbur Cohen and
Robert Myers from October 1950 Social Security Bulletin
History of 1972 Amendments
Detailed account of the
development and key provisions of the 1972 changes in Social
Security and Medicare.
of the Provisions of the 1983 Amendments
The 1983 Amendments
are an important milestone in the contemporary Social Security
Summary of the Provisions of the 1983 Amendments
in-depth explanation of the provisions of the 1983 legislation.
Full text of current Social Security