Expressing optimism that the bipartisan bickering over a litany of Capitol Hill issues would be suspended at least temporarily, Treasury Secretary John W. Snow said that a finding a solution for the wheezing 70-year-old Social Security program would be the test of lawmakers from both sides of the aisle to come together.

"All over the country, people understand we have a problem with Social Security," Snow told members at the Spring Meeting of Council of the American Institute of CPAs, here. "The president has made it a centerpiece for his domestic agenda. But every year you wait, the solution gets more complicated."

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