Social Security Administrator Taking Partisan Fire
President Trump appointed Andrew Saul, 74, as Social Security Administrator to a term that ends in January 2025. But a number of Democrats are calling for him to resign or for President Biden to fire Saul, among them both Maryland Senators Ben Cardin, and Chris Van Hollen. They accuse Saul of trying to make it more difficult to qualify for disability benefits, delaying distribution of stimulus payments to 30 million Americans and ignoring workers’ union rights. The Social Security Act says a commissioner “may be removed from office only pursuant to a finding by the president of neglect of duty or malfeasance in office.”
Andrew Biggs, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute said, “I just don’t see any case” for firing Saul for neglect or malfeasance. He added, “On the disability front, Saul has pushed for updating certain definitions for helping decide disability cases.” The full piece in The Baltimore Sun is here.