This week (July 20-24), the Senate plans to take up legislation to fund our nation’s highway system. On the table are amendments to partially pay for the highways bill by cutting Social Security, including proposals to cut benefits for people who receive both SSDI and Unemployment Insurance (UI).
Please call or email your Senators!
A letter from the CCD Social Security task Force Co-Chairs can be found here:
In addition you can use these talking points:
- Don’t cut Social Security to pay for highways. Both are vital, but Social Security must not become a piggybank to pay for important but unrelated programs.
- Any cuts would erode the financial security of millions of Americans who rely on Social Security, SSDI, or SSI.
- Rejectany proposals to pay for highways by cuttingSocial Security, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or Supplemental Security Income (SSI)— including proposals such as the CUFF Act, and proposals to cut SSDI for people who are trying to work, and qualify for Unemployment Insurance (UI) after losing their job through no fault of their own.
- Cutting SSDI for beneficiaries who also receive UI because they have attempted to work – as encouraged by law – but lose their job would hurt the economic security of SSDI beneficiaries and their families, and create new work disincentives. SSDI and UI are earned benefits, paid for by workers and their employers. SSDI beneficiaries who try to work should not be treated differently from other American workers. SSDI and UI should be there for them in their time of need. It’s fair and it’s right.
The following Senators are likely to be the most influential on this issue. If you or your clients are in their states, please make an extra effort to contact them.
Environment & Public Works Committee members, especially:
James Inofe (R-OK), Chair
Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ranking Member
Thomas R. Carper (D-DE)
Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD)
Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Finance Committee members, especially:
Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair
Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Mark Warner (D-VA)
Chris Coons (D-DE)
Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Dianne Feinstein (D -CA)
Tim Kaine (D-VA)
Angus King, Jr. (I- ME)
Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Get the facts on harmful cuts to SSDI / UI benefits at:
Read a letter from members of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities and 75 national organizations:
If you would like to discuss a social security disability case, call Mogab & Hughes Attorneys at 314-241-4477.