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Larson Applauds Passage of $300 Million Increase in Social Security Administration’s Budget for Service Delivery

June 19, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Chairman John B. Larson (CT-01) of the Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee applauded the House passage of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2020, which included a $300 million increase for the Social Security Administration to strengthen front-line service delivery for the American public.

“Today’s vote was an important step towards strengthening the Social Security Administration’s ability to reduce benefit delays and strengthen customer service. The $300 million increase in funding will help to ensure Americans are able to access their earned benefits. This bill will first and foremost improve customer service, help address long benefit delays, and reduce waiting times. This bill will also fight back against harmful Administration proposals, such as attempts to charge replacement fees for lost or stolen Social Security cards or to deny Americans the right to an in-person disability appeals hearing.

“I thank Chairwoman Nita Lowey (NY-17) for her efforts on this. I would also like to thank Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-01) for her unwavering leadership on this. Rosa fights day in and day out for families in Connecticut and across the country. Her leadership and perseverance has helped and will continue to help countless Americans. Congratulations to Chairwoman DeLauro on this bill’s passage, you’ve made Connecticut proud,” said Larson.