Stephen Gross, chief actuary of the Social Security Administration, should not have responded to a letter from Democratic senators requesting an analysis of what would occur if the payroll taxes that fund Social Security are eliminated, Rep. Tom Reed said Tuesday.

Reed said the request from Sens. Chuck Schumer and Ron Wyden was politically motivated, adding that the chief actuary should be nonpolitical.

“I could find no basis in law for the chief actuary of Social Security to respond to this letter,” Reed told reporters during a media call. “And most importantly…  why that chief actuary would respond to a senator’s request asking for comments on a nonexistent piece of legislation in a hypothetical scenario.”

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Reed said Gross engaged in politics by responding to the letter.

“By politicizing this, it is doing great damage to the Social Security system,” he said.

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