Magazine article American Libraries

FDR Library Nixes Social Security Forum

Magazine article American Libraries

FDR Library Nixes Social Security Forum

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The national debate over the future of Social Security took on a new twist when the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York, called a halt to a forum that would have criticized the federal program's privatization. Library Director Cynthia Koch said she had been advised by legal counsel for the National Archives and Records Administration that the program--which was to feature Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-N.Y.), a critic of President Bush's proposed reforms--lacked the balance that would make the library's Wallace Center an appropriate venue.

Sponsored by the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Older Women's League, the American Association of University Women's Poughkeepsie Branch, and the League of Women Voters of the Mid-Hudson Region, the forum was scheduled for April 9 at the library named after the president who launched Social Security 70 years ago. The Associated Press reported April 1 that the women's groups received a letter from Koch stating that the law bars the use of federal facilities for partisan events and that the program lacked a speaker who could talk about the merits of President Bush's proposed changes to Social Security. …

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