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Larson Applauds Appropriations Committee Actions Boosting Social Security’s Customer Service Funding and Blocking Harmful Trump Administration Rule

July 15, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) commended the House Appropriations Committee approval of $14.1 billion for the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) FY 2022 budget, an increase of $1.1 billion from FY 2021. The bill provides funding for SSA to strengthen front-line customer service, reduce delays in disability claims, and resume mailing Social Security Statements to all covered workers who are not yet receiving benefits, as required by law. Chairman Larson has also introduced the bipartisan Know Your Social Security Act (H.R. 4143), to further clarify the requirement for SSA to mail Statements. The Appropriations bill also blocks a Trump Administration rule to deny individuals their right to appeal a denial of Social Security benefits before an Administrative Law Judge.

“Social Security is a promise between The People and their government, and we must ensure we can follow through on this promise,” said Larson. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on our country and Americans need their Social Security benefits now more than ever. I commend the House Appropriations Committee for including the priorities I have been fighting for in the bill they approved today. This $1.1 billion increase in funding will give SSA the resources to provide beneficiaries with their earned benefits in a timely manner.

“Connecticut’s own, Representative Rosa L. DeLauro (CT-03), has done an outstanding job as Chair of the House Appropriations Committee. She is a constant champion for her district, Connecticut and the nation. I am proud to work with her and the Biden Administration as Democrats work towards delivering families what they need and protecting Social Security for the future,” said Larson.