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In Support of H.R. 2031, the Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act

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The Honorable Sam Johnson
Chairman, Social Security Subcommittee
House Committee on Ways and Means
2304 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Adrian Smith
3rd Congressional District, Nebraska
320 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Tom Reed
23rd Congressional District, New York
2437 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Mike Kelly
3rd Congressional District, Pennsylvania
1707 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable James B. Renacci
16th Congressional District, Ohio
328 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Johnson and Representatives Smith, Reed, Kelly, and Renacci,

On behalf of the 1.3 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I write today in support of H.R. 2031, the Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act. This important piece of legislation would responsibly address individuals inappropriately receiving benefits twice: once from the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI), and once from the Unemployment Insurance program (UI). This bill presents a fair and reasonable approach to protecting the longevity of both programs by preventing “double dippers” from taking unfair advantage of two very different benefits.

With insolvency looming over the future of Social Security, H.R. 2031 has become more important than ever before. Under current law, it is possible for a person to simultaneously receive SSDI and UI benefits. Because SSDI benefits are meant for those who cannot work due to disability, and UI benefits are for those who can work but are currently unemployed, both SSDI and UI are placed under undue pressure by “double-dippers” who claim both benefits. Neither SSDI nor UI can afford to give out simultaneous benefits to recipients who are currently eligible for both programs.

Like the majority of Americans, AMAC is concerned about the fate of Social Security and remains dedicated to saving Social Security for generations to come. We applaud Chairman Johnson and Representative Smith, Reed, Kelly, and Renacci for their fair and commonsense solution to protect the fiscal integrity of both SSDI and UI. AMAC is pleased to offer ourorganization’s full support to the Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act.

Sincerely,

Dan Weber
President and Founder of AMAC

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Karen Jordan

I agree, getting both benefits should NOT be permitted. I appreciate this bill.

jamesgurley

Double-dipping sounds like the legal term presented to me by an insurance company when I was injured on the job at 62 years of age and climbing poles for an electric co-op association. Yes, when the insurance company (workmen compensation company) told me to apply for social security disability and even if I didn’t file they would withhold the 2500 a month out of the 3200 a month I would receive until age 65,at which time I would only receive social security. Yes our lobbyists have been hard at work to prevent double dipping. My biggest complaint as to what we need is STOP the monies from leaving budgets to pay for undeserved raises we pay our politicians. When these people are able to collect benefits that the taxpayers has provided to make a majority of politicians millionaires. A net worth of millions is totally out of the realm of… Read more »

T.E. Sumner

Socialism is a horrible disease that afflicts hundreds of millions of people around the world. Since 1913, the USA has slowly descended into the hole of collective wealth, collective earnings, collective healthcare, collective insurance and collective thought in general. Retirement is when you don’t expect to earn much more than you already have. Decades ago when FDR set up Social Security and later when Medicare was forced upon us, the justification that retired people deserve something from others was a gigantic Trojan horse leading to Communism (or Socialism if you prefer to think it’s different). Money we save is our money; it’s not simply wealth that a government can take from us to benefit others. Our wealth is not gold coins, like Scrooge McDuck, sitting in a giant vault simply waiting for government to come and relieve us of the burden. Our wealth, personally and as a nation, is in… Read more »

Jeff Addiego

We need a bill for this? Of course it’s illegal to collect UI while you’re on SSDI. You can’t collect them both in Califirnia