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Social Security


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.

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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:


Social Security Bills Introduced in the 115th Congress

H.R. 1512, Social Security Child Protection Act

H.R. 1513, Social Security Must Avert Identity Loss (MAIL) Act of 2017

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

H.R. 2243, Health Equity and Access for Returning Troops and Servicemembers Act

H.R. 2792, Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act of 2017

H.R. 2860, Tribal Social Security Fairness Act

H.R. 3077, Senior Citizens’ Freedom to Work Act of 2017

H.R. 3097, Holding SSA Employees Accountable Act

H.R. 4547, Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017


Social Security Bills Introduced in the 114th Congress

H.R. 711, Equal Treatment of Public Servants Act of 2015

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

H.R. 2359, Disability Fraud Reduction and Unethical Deception Prevention Act

Legislation from Previous Congresses