Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
Liberal lawmakers and other supporters of Social Security protested outside the White House when President Barack Obama proposed in his budget a change that would result in smaller increases in future Social Security benefits.

Jeff Merkley's Social Security claim elicits blasts from both sides: PolitiFact Oregon

PolitiFact Oregon checked a claim by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., that "Social Security doesn't contribute one cent to the deficit." The minute the story went up, those on both sides of the argument started howling.

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False

A bill's not a law, simple as that

Half-True

Splitting the difference on Social Security

Would support increase in cigarette tax if one were to pass legislature

Half-True

The numbers are right, but causation's nowhere in sight

False

He voted six times, all right

True

When it comes to unemployment, this claim works

False

Just a few words make a world of difference

Mostly True

Not quite in the basement, but close

Mostly False

A pot claim that's higher than it should be

False

A lot of numbers here, but this one is false

False

'Vocal support' doesn't equate to cosponsorship

Mostly False

A claim that's too close for comfort

True

A claim that's high on the truth-o-meter