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LARSON, BOYLE, NEAL, & DAVIS LEAD LETTER TO OPPOSE PROPOSE RULE TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY

Washington, D.C. –  Yesterday, Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01), Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02), Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (MA-01), and Worker and Family Support Subcommittee Chairman Danny K. Davis (IL-07) led a letter to the Commissioner of Social Security, Andrew Saul, to oppose the Trump Administration’s proposed rule to cut Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability benefits. The letter was signed by 124 Members of Congress.

“We are deeply concerned that SSA's proposed rule would make significant and unwarranted increases in continuing disability reviews (CDRs), including making reviews more frequent for individuals who are not expected to show medical improvement. As a result, many severely disabled individuals who are unable to navigate a CDR could unjustly lose their Social Security and SSI disability benefits. In fact, SSA estimates that the rule would lead to $2.6 billion in benefit cutoffs over 10 years….” wrote the Members. “We urge you to withdraw this harmful and unjustified proposed rule.”

Specifically, the proposed rule would significantly increase how often continuing disability reviews (CDRs) are conducted. This extra obstacle will cause more adults and children with severe disabilities to lose the Social Security and SSI benefits they’ve earned.

 In addition to being sent to Commissioner Saul, the letter will be submitted to the Federal Register as a comment to the proposed rule. Currently, there are over 122,000 comments with the overwhelming majority opposing this rule. 

The letter can be read here

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