Two significant outcomes followed the proposals of the Reagan Administration. The first was a 96-0 defeat in the Senate of the Reagan Administration proposals for social security revision (Nathan, 1983, p. 61). The character of the Reagan Administration proposals was a wake-up call for Congress, and procedures were adopted in both the Senate Finance Committee and the Subcommittee on Social Security of the House Ways and Means Committee to assure the conduct of close oversight of the social security program for the next several years (Nathan, 1983, pp. 62-63).
Social security: Much discussed fiscal topic. (1985). Congressional quarterly almanac 99th Congress 1st Session . . . . 1985. Washington: Congressional Quarterly Inc., 465.
Reagan Administration to deal with funding problems of the social security program were draconian in character (Myles, 1981, pp. 22-31).
Social Security Administration. (1989, June). Actuarial status of the OASI and DI trust funds. Social Security Bulletin, 52(6), 2-7.
The Reagan Administration made a lot of noise about controlling federal spending, but each budget submitted by the Administration (not the budgets actually enacted into law) provided for increased spending. The only reason the budgets submitted by the Administration did not project significant increases in the budget deficit was because the revenue side was grossly overstated (some charge knowingly so by the Reagan Administration).
Jones, Roy S., Jr., & Barrett, Michael F., Jr. (1992, Summer). Congressional oversight: In the crosshairs and at a crossroads. Public Manager, 21(2), 24-28.