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  • Johnson and Boustany Introduce Bill to Reduce Disability Fraud
    Posted in Press Releases on May 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) introduced H.R. 2359, the Disability Fraud Reduction and Unethical Deception Prevention Act of 2015. The legislation would protect hardworking taxpayers from fraud in the disability program. For example, in October 2013, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee concluded a bipartisan investigation into how a Kentucky ... Read more

  • Johnson and Boustany Introduce Bill to Promote Opportunity for Disability Applicants
    Posted in Press Releases on April 30, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) introduced H.R. 2135, the Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit Applicants Act. The bill would authorize the Commissioner of Social Security to provide information on employment support services to individuals who are not awarded disability benefits. Currently, applicants wait 100 days on average for an initial decision regarding a c... Read more

  • Johnson Introduces Bill to Improve Integrity of Disability Decisions
    Posted in Press Releases on April 22, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced the Improving the Integrity of Disability Evidence Act of 2015. The bill will ensure that the Social Security Administration (SSA) uses medical evidence only from reputable sources when making a disability determination. “Hardworking American taxpayers expect that honest information is used when making disability determinations,” Chairman Johnson said. “It’s just common sense to say if you can’t participate i... Read more

  • Johnson Introduces Bill to Update Disability Guidelines
    Posted in Press Releases on April 15, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1800, the Guiding Responsible and Improved Disability Decisions Act of 2015 (the GRIDD Act). The legislation would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to update the medical and vocational regulatory guidelines for determining disability, which have not been updated since they went into effect in 1979. Recently, the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector Gener... Read more

  • Johnson Responds to Social Security Report on Puerto Rican Disability Claims
    Posted in Press Releases on April 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report on the determination of disability claims from applicants who cannot communicate in English. The OIG found at least 218 cases in Puerto Rico where a disability rule was applied to the advantage of a claimant who was unable to communicate in English, even though Spanish is one of the island’s official languages. Chairman Sam Johnson has previously called attention to these "grid ... Read more

  • Chairman Johnson Lays Out Principles for Disability Insurance Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on February 25, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — In a Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing today, Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) put forth a set of principles that form a commitment to addressing the Disability Insurance trust fund shortfall. Chairman Johnson will use these principles, supported by Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), to guide policy solutions this Congress. As Chairman Johnson said during his opening remarks, "This is a commonsense commitment to all Americans." The principles form a commitment tha... Read more

  • Chairman Johnson Announces Hearing on Maintaining the Disability Insurance Trust Fund’s Solvency
    Posted in Hearing Advisory on February 18, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security

    U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security announced today that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing focused on the financial status of the Disability Insurance (DI) and Old Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Funds, and the available legislative options to ensure full DI benefits continue to be paid. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in B-318 Rayburn House Office Building, beginning at 2:00 p.m.... Read more

  • In Response to IG Report, Subcommittee Chairs Call on SSA to Work with the IRS to Stop EITC Fraud
    Posted in Press Releases on February 6, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Full Committee

    WASHINGTON — Today, Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA), Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX), and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam (R-IL) called on the Social Security Administration (SSA) to protect the American taxpayer and take commonsense steps to end fraud involving important benefits. A recent report by the Social Security Inspector General (IG) showed the agency failed to report suspicious self-employment income to the Internal Re... Read more

  • To Solve Social Security Challenge, Obama Administration Has to Admit it Exists
    Posted in Blog on February 3, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Full Committee

    At today's Ways and Means hearing, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) that the Social Security trust fund is "in stronger shape now" than when President Obama took office. Really, Mr. Secretary? No matter how you look at it, Social Security has only gotten weaker. Every year, the program’s trustees figure out how big of a shortfall there is between the program’s expected revenue and costs over the next 75 years. In the last six years, this s... Read more

  • CBO Director Says Accounting Gimmicks Can't Save Social Security
    Posted in Blog on January 28, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Social Security, Full Committee

    Democrats continue to claim we can fix the looming shortfall in disability insurance by raiding retirees’ Social Security trust fund. But CBO Director Doug Elmendorf poured cold water on those assurances during his testimony before the House Budget Committee yesterday. Rep. Diane Black asked the head of the nonpartisan agency whether the Democrats’ preferred answer would actually work: Rep. Black: As a matter of fact, I’ve heard some folks just talk about if this trust fund does become defunct, ... Read more