One of the central arguments that liberals are deploying against the stated Republican intention to pursue Social Security changes this Congress is that the "crisis" that conservatives are seizing on has already passed.

House Republicans passed a rule last month blocking the transfer of tax revenue between Social Security's retirement and disability funds, which has been done multiple times in the past, unless the program's overall solvency is improved. The latter fund is expected to be unable to pay full benefits starting in 2016.

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