LARSON’S BILL TO PROTECT THE MOST VULNERABLE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFICIARIES PASSES SENATE
Hartford, CT – Today, Ways & Means Social Security Subcommittee Ranking Member John Larson (D-CT), released the following statement on the passing of the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017 in the Senate by unanimous consent. The bill had previously passed the House of Representatives by a 396 to 0 vote. It now goes to the President for a signature to become law:
“This bill will provide much needed protections for the most vulnerable Social Security beneficiaries. The Social Security Administration Representative Payee Program helps approximately 8 million Social Security beneficiaries manage their benefits if they are unable to do so themselves, such as children or those with who have a condition like Alzheimer’s disease. This bill will strengthen the selection and monitoring of the entrusted individuals who manage benefits on behalf of others while reducing administrative difficulties on families caring for loved ones. The passing of the bill would not have happened if it was not for the efforts of my colleague and friend, Congressman Sam Johnson (R-TX), Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee and lead sponsor of the bill. He was paramount in ushering this bill to the President’s desk, and the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act will be another addition to his enduring legacy,” said Larson.