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Neal, Larson, and Davis Slam Harmful Draft Social Security Rule

January 13, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA), Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (D-CT), and Worker & Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (D-IL) released the following statement regarding reports of a draft Social Security Administration (SSA) rule that would narrow the eligibility criteria for Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits: 

“Yet again, the Trump Administration is going out of its way to make life more challenging for the most vulnerable people in our country. The United States government already has extremely stringent disability standards. In fact, fewer than four in 10 applicants are found eligible for Social Security disability benefits, even after all levels of appeal. This rule would further restrict eligibility, making it even harder for disabled people to access the essential income they’re qualified to receive. We are particularly alarmed that news of this latest proposal comes on top of the Administration’s recent efforts to cut off benefits for severely disabled people whom the agency already found eligible. 

“Instead of working to strip disability benefits from people who qualify, the SSA should focus on its truly pressing problems. Resources should go toward cutting lengthy wait times on the phone and at field offices, eliminating benefit backlogs, and hiring personnel to improve the agency’s lacking services.

“We strongly urge the Trump Administration to reject this cruel proposed rule and reassess SSA’s priorities.”