Take Action to Protect Social Security Benefits

January 23, 2015

Calling all advocates!

The House of Representatives recently passed a rule change that could allow a 20 percent cut to Social Security benefits for individuals with disabilities. This rule prevents the House from reallocating funds between Social Security's retirement side and disability side. This reallocation has been done routinely in the past, adjusting Social Security's finances according to population and economic shifts. Now, the Disability Insurance fund needs to be replenished. Unless Congress takes action, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries will suffer benefit cuts of 20 percent at the end of 2016.

The House can vote to waive this requirement to allow a reallocation, extending the fund for almost two decades. This action would not require any new taxes or impact the solvency of the overall Social Security system. Learn more about this rule change by reading this update from The Arc.

The Social Security benefits of nine million Americans with disabilities are at risk.

Take Action Today!

  1. Sign the petition online at www.nosocialsecurityhostages.com to send the Senate a message. Senate leadership must reject this rule change to assure individuals with disabilities that they can count on their government to act responsibly. 
  2. Ask your legislators to waive this requirement, protecting Social Security benefits for individuals with disabilities. To find out who your legislators are and how to contact them, visit the Illinois State Board of Elections Legislator Lookup at this link and enter your address.

We need to make our voices heard! Sign the petition now and tell your legislators to defend Social Security benefits.

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