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Larson Applauds House Passage of Labor-HHS Appropriations Measures to Block Harmful Social Security Rules

July 31, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement after the House passed the FY 2021 Labor-HHS Appropriations package. The bill includes provisions that block two rules proposed by the Trump Administration that would cause severe harm to individuals with disabilities. It also includes a $100 million increase in the Social Security Administration’s operating budget.

“The passage of the FY 2021 Labor-HHS Appropriations package is a win for millions of Social Security beneficiaries. It blocks a proposed rule that would dramatically increase the frequency of continuing disability reviews. These reviews can be extremely difficult for individuals with severe disabilities to navigate and can lead to wrongful loss of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits when they are unable to complete the complex process. This rule was an attempt to throw beneficiaries off the rolls. The bill also blocks a Trump Administration proposed rule to deny individuals their right to appeal a denial of Social Security or SSI benefits before an Administrative Law Judge.

“I am thankful for the leadership of Chairwomen Nita Lowey and Rosa DeLauro for making this happen. Chairwoman DeLauro always fights for the least among us and she continued that with this bill.”