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Quiz #1 - Answer


The correct answer is D. 1975

COLAs were not a part of Social Security benefits when monthly started in 1940. In fact, they did not become an automatic feature of the program until 1975, as a result of a bill signed into law in 1972 by President Nixon. (See "The Story of COLAs")

Nixon in 1972 photo

President Nixon signed the bill while on vacation in California, although no photograph was taken of the signing ceremony. SSA History Archives.
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