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August 3, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(14):1579-1582. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980140055012


First Session, 85th Congress 

Increased Wage Base Tax and Benefits Under Social Security  Representative King (D., Calif.), in H. R. 5549, has made several amendments to the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance section of the Social Security Act. He would increase the minimum survivors' or dependents' benefits from $30 to $37.50 per month and increase from $200 to $250 a month the maximum amount which the widow of a covered employee with a large family may receive through this program. He would raise the base salary upon which contributions are computed from the present $4,200 to $6,000 and would also raise the rate of contribution from the employees and employers from 2 1/4% to 3% each. By 1975, the employees and employers would pay 5% each on the $6,000 wage base. In the case of the self-employed the present contribution would be raised from 3 3/8% to 4