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Johnson Introduces Bill to Prevent Social Security Disability and Unemployment Insurance Double Dipping

April 12, 2013

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security Chairman Sam Johnson (R-TX) introduced H.R. 1502, “The Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act of 2013.”  The legislation would keep people from receiving both Social Security disability benefits and unemployment benefits at the same time.  A similar proposal was included in the President’s FY2014 budget with estimated savings of $1 billion over 10 years.

“Even though disability benefits are for those who can’t work and unemployment benefits are for those who can work, under current law someone can receive both benefits at the same time.  That just doesn’t make sense.  This commonsense legislation ends this double dipping and preserves Social Security benefits for only those who truly cannot work.  President Obama agrees and in his budget, he included his own proposal to stop the double dipping.  When we agree, we should act.”

Subcommittee on Human Resources Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Committee Members, Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Charles Boustany Jr., MD (R-LA), Adrian Smith (R-NE), Aaron Schock (R-IL), Diane Black (R-TN), Tom Reed (R-NY), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Tim Griffin (R-AR) and Jim Renacci (R-OH) are original cosponsors of the legislation.