Senate Finance Committee member, Ron Wyden, and Senator Sherrod Brown of the Finance Committee Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy Subcommittee, together with five other Senate Democrats, introduced a bill with a goal of protecting citizens of United States who receive Social Security from stripping away their benefits in order to pay federal debts like student loans. This bill, if passed, will help alleviate the troubles of countless people who suffer the burden of debt while unable to find employment.
Numerous students and their families are suffering due to the fact that the cost of college is extremely high, and has been on the rise for the last several decades. Since it is common to lose Social Security benefits and to live with a massive educational debt, many United States senior citizens and people who suffer from disabilities find it almost impossible to enjoy a normal standard of living.
Senator Wyman says that the last thing we as a country need right now is another blow to the already troubled group of people who rely on Social Security and have a large debt on their shoulders.  He says that students and families across the country worked in order to earn their benefits and that they should not be penalized for an attempt to keep up with the rising price of higher education.
Retirement security relies on Social Security heavily, as do numerous citizens of United States who suffer from some form of disability.  Social Security makes sure they are fed and clothed, pays for the medications they depend on, and helps them pay their monthly utility bills. Since the condition of student debt is far from ideal, Senator Wyman believes people should have Social Security to count on.
The bill they introduced will serve as a guarantee that the earned benefits of Social Security present a lifeline instead of a deposit on federal debts. Its goal is to eradicate the possibility of garnishing earned benefits by the federal government in order to collect federal debts. This is usually used in the cases of student loans, home loans owed to the Veterans Administration, and food stamp related loans.
Social Security is an earned benefit, as citizens worked and paid in order to have access to it. Originally, they were protected in order to be able to provide access to a normal standard of living to people who suffered from financial troubles due to some reason. It was constructed as a tool which supplies a fundamental lifeline, and not as a way of collecting debts.
In 1996, changes that still have a significant effect on people who receive Social Security were made. These changes were never thoroughly debated in Congress, yet they continue to be extremely important. Legislation did include measures which were supposed to protect the most vulnerable people, but the nuances of the bill were not updated in two decades.  
Senators who proposed the new bill believe the time for change is long overdue. They still believe that they can help out the endangered citizens by introducing a new bill that would protect them. Now, Social Security benefits can be taken away if a person has federal debts. According to the Senators, this is unacceptable and we must strive toward disabling the federal government from taking away their earned benefits.
The new bill is an attempt to stop the tradition of creating negative behavior that only further harms the development of society as a whole.  By taking away Social Security benefits from people, the federal government is essentially crippling the economy and ruining any chance at getting back on track.
Senators are going to attempt to change the laws that have been in place for twenty years and finally start working on the long awaited student loan debt issue. With student loan debt in trillions, the citizens of United States can surely expect more and more people seeking alternative ways to finance their college. While they are doing so, people who already suffer from crippling debts can be rest assured that Social Security won’t be taken away from them if the new bill passes.

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