COMMITTEE on WAYS and MEANS

Chairman Paul Ryan

Social Security

About:

The Subcommittee's jurisdiction includes legislation and issues related to Social Security's retirement,
survivors and disability programs, the Railroad Retirement program, and employment taxes and trust
fund operations relating to those programs, including title II of the Social Security Act, Chapter 22 of the
Internal Revenue Code (the Railroad Retirement Tax Act), as well as provisions in title VII and title XI
of the Act involving the Old Age and Survivors' and Disability Insurance (OASDI) programs.



Hot Topics:

Chairman Johnson Lays Out Principles for Disability Insurance Reform

In a Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing on February 25, 2015, Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson put forth a set of principles that form a commitment to addressing the Disability Insurance trust fund shortfall. Chairman Johnson will use these principles, supported by Chairman Paul Ryan, to guide policy solutions this Congress. As Chairman Johnson said during his opening remarks, "This is a commonsense commitment to all Americans."

The principles form a commitment that Chairman Johnson will:
  • Ensure benefits continue to be paid to individuals with disabilities and their family members that rely on them;
  • Prevent a 20 percent across-the-board benefit cut;
  • Make the Disability Insurance program work better; and
  • Promote opportunity for those trying to return to work.

Strengthening Social Security

Securing the Future of the Disability Program


Current Legislation:

H.R. 380, Medicare Identity Theft Protection Act of 2015

H.R. 918, Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act

H.R. 1795, Promoting Opportunity through Informed Choice Act

H.R. 1800, Guiding Responsible and Improved Disability Decisions (GRIDD) Act of 2015

H.R. 1936, Improving the Integrity of Disability Evidence Act

H.R. 2135, Promoting Opportunity for Disability Benefit Applicants Act

H.R. 2136, Improving the Quality of Disability Decisions Act of 2015

Legislation from Previous Congresses

News:

Johnson and Boustany Introduce Bill to Promote Opportunity for Disability Applicants
Apr 30, 2015 -
WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Human Resources Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) in...

Johnson Introduces Bill to Improve Integrity of Disability Decisions
Apr 22, 2015 -
WASHINGTON — Today, Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced the Improving the Integrity of Disability Evidence Act of 2015. The bill...

Johnson Introduces Bill to Update Disability Guidelines
Apr 15, 2015 -
WASHINGTON — Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1800, the Guiding Responsible and Improved Disabilit...

Johnson Responds to Social Security Report on Puerto Rican Disability Claims
Apr 8, 2015 -
WASHINGTON — The Social Security Administration's (SSA) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a report on the determination of disability claims...

Chairman Johnson Lays Out Principles for Disability Insurance Reform
Feb 25, 2015 -
WASHINGTON — In a Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing today, Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) put forth a set of principles that form a...

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Hearings:

Organizational Meeting of the Subcommittee on Social Security
Feb 25, 2015


Chairman Johnson Announces Hearing on Maintaining the Disability Insurance Trust Fund’s Solvency
Feb 25, 2015


Chairman Johnson Announces Hearing on What Workers Need to Know About Social Security as They Plan for Their Retirement
Jul 29, 2014


Markup of: H.R. 4058, “To prevent and address sex trafficking of youth in foster care.”; H.R. 4429, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend the subpart F exemption for active financing income.”; H.R. 4438, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to simplify and make permanent the research credit.”; H.R. 4453, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the reduced recognition period for built-in gains of S corporations.”; H.R. 4454, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent certain rules regarding basis adjustments to stock of S corporations making charitable contributions of property.”; H.R. 4457, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to permanently extend increased expensing limitations, and for other purposes.”; H.R. 4464, “To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to make permanent the look-through treatment of payments between related controlled foreign corporations.”
Apr 29, 2014


Chairman Johnson Announces Hearing on Preventing Disability Scams
Feb 26, 2014


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Useful Links:

Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson

Social Security Administration

Social Security Administration, Office of the Chief Actuary