Chairman Larson Responds to Letter from Former Social Security Commissioners
Washington, D.C. – Today, Chairman of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement in response to a bipartisan letter from several former Commissioners of Social Security.
“Hard-working Americans shouldn’t get a busy signal when they try to reach the Social Security Administration or find a line out the door. They shouldn’t have to wait years for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Yet years of inadequate funding for basic agency operations means this happens too often. Americans pay for Social Security – including the administrative costs – with their FICA contributions. I applaud Chairwomen Nita Lowey and Rosa DeLauro for providing a much-needed boost to SSA’s operating budget in the House appropriations bill,” said Larson.
“Congress should also remove SSA’s operating budget from the appropriations caps. I have long advocated for this change and now as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, I plan to introduce new legislation to do just that. I also will hold a hearing on these customer service issues resulting from inadequate funding. I thank former Commissioners of Social Security Ken Apfel and Jo Anne Barnhart, and former Acting Commissioner Carolyn Colvin, for their letter and suggestions.”