Today is the 79th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt signing the Social...: Today is the 79th anniversary of President Franklin Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law. Social Security is one of this country’s greatest achievements, providing a dependable source of income that keeps millions of Americans out of poverty and helps seniors make ends meet. Social Security also helps nearly 60 million Americans spend $775 billion dollars in Social Security benefits every year, providing a crucial boost to businesses in Washington state and across the nation. It is essential that we work to strengthen Social Security and fight back against efforts by Republicans and their friends on Wall Street to privatize the program. Social Security is a fundamental promise to the American people and we must ensure that it remains strong and secure for decades to come.