On Friday, the White House described that American President Joe Biden had dismissed the commissioner of Social Security, Andrew Saul, as the official rejected to resign, and Joe Biden accepted his resignation.
The White House explained that President requested Saul to quit, and his job was done after the commissioner refused Biden’s request. The official source, who talked on the condition of secrecy to share the matter with others, said that David Black, Deputy Commissioner, agreed to resign.
Both officials were employed by Republican former President Donald Trump. Joe Biden preferred Kilolo Kijakazi as substitute commissioner as the Biden administration is looking for a permanent commissioner and deputy commissioner.
At this time, Kilolo is serving as the deputy commissioner for disability and retirement policy at the SSA (Social Security Administration). Andrew Saul’s resignation came after a Justice Department legal suggestion that said he could be terminated, in spite of a statute that describes Saul could be dismissed for ignoring his responsibilities or wrongdoings.
The legal opinion, explored on the demand of the White House, decided that reassessment because of the previous Supreme Court order that said he could be dismissed by Joe Biden at will.
Republicans criticized Biden’s move
President’s action got quick backing from the Democratic senator who would be supervising a successor to Andrew Saul. Moreover, lawmakers from the Republican side alleged Joe Biden for playing politics in the agency and pointing at Andrew Saul’s confirmation through a bipartisan vote in 2019.
Ron Wyden, Senate Finance Committee Chairman, described in a statement that every American President should opt for the worker that will fit best and carry out their vision for the nation. He continued that to fulfill Joe Biden’s main vision for expanding and improving Social Security, he demands his people in charge.
Represented Bill Pascrell, who started requiring the dismissal of David Black and Andrew Saul several months ago, commemorated their Friday dismissals. Furthermore, he described that Social Security is in deep trouble.
The top Republican on the finance committee, Mike Crapo (Idaho Senator), and another dominant Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, Kevin Brady (Rep. of Texas), released a combined declaration in which both mentioned President’s decision as ‘disappointing.’ Both said that the Social Security recipients stand the most to lose from Joe Biden’s partisan decision to dismiss Commissioner Andrew Saul.
Mitch McConnell (Senate Majority Leader) mentioned the action as a dangerous and unprecedented politicization of the Social Security Administration.