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Protect Social Security: Call on Your Senator to Oppose Flake Amendment 667

27-Mar-2015 Flake Amendment 667 would establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund "to ensure that individuals do not simultaneously receive unemployment compensation and disability insurance benefits."
The Senate should reject the Flake Amendment 667 to the Senate Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Resolution (S. Con. Res. 11) and any similar proposals to reduce or eliminate benefits for individuals who concurrently receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Unemployment Insurance (UI). Seventy-five national organizations oppose cuts to concurrent SSDI and UI benefits, including BIAA!

What can you do? Call your Senators and urge them to oppose Flake Amendment 667.

US Capitol Switchboard (202) 224-3121
Talking points:
  • Please oppose Flake Amendment 667 to the Senate Budget and any similar amendments to cut Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for people who also receive Unemployment Insurance.
  • Any cuts to Social Security or SSDI would harm the financial security of people with significant disabilities and their families.
  • SSDI beneficiaries who try to work should not be treated differently from other American workers. Unemployment Insurance should be there for them when they need it. It's fair and it's right.
  • For decades Congress has passed bipartisan laws to open up employment opportunities for SSDI beneficiaries. Cutting SSDI for people who also receive Unemployment Insurance would instead penalize SSDI beneficiaries who have tried to work -- creating new, harmful work disincentives.
Concurrent SSDI and UI benefits are modest, but vital:
  • Concurrent benefits are extremely modest. GAO estimated that in FY 2010 the average quarterly overlapping benefit was only about $1,100 in SSDI and $2,200 in UI, for a quarterly average of about $3,300 in total benefits - amounting to an average of $1,100 per month.
Concurrent benefits can be a lifeline to workers who receive them and their families. Benefits can be essential to helping workers and their families pay for rent, utilities, food, and out-of-pocket medical expenses in the event of job loss or during the often-lengthy SSDI application process.

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