Social Security

The Subcommittee on Social Security handles all legislation and oversight related to the nation’s Social Security system, which provides earned benefits to retirees, severely disabled workers and their families, widows and widowers, and children who have lost a parent. It oversees the Social Security Trust Funds, the contributions American workers and their employers make to the funds, and the financial health of the system. It monitors the administration of Social Security, including customer service at the Social Security Administration’s nationwide network of field offices and toll-free telephone service; due process rights when applying for benefits; wait times for disability hearings; privacy protections and cybersecurity; and research and demonstration projects on retirement, disability, and related topics. Finally, the Subcommittee is involved when issues arise relating to the use, transmission, or protection of the Social Security number.

Recent Activity

Feb 1, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Top Democrats responsible for Social Security policy in the House and Senate yesterday called on the Social Security Administration to withdraw a proposed rule that would limit the right of Americans to receive an in-person appeals hearing if their initial application for Social Security benefits is denied.

Subcommittee's Activity in Previous Congress

Chair

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John Larson
Connecticut ~ 01

Democratic Members

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Bill Pascrell
New Jersey ~ 09
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Linda Sánchez
California ~ 38
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Brian Higgins
New York ~ 26
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Daniel Kildee
Michigan ~ 05
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Brendan Boyle
Pennsylvania ~ 02
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Bradley Schneider
Illinois ~ 10

Ranking Member

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Tom Reed
New York ~ 23

Republican Members

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Jodey Arrington
Texas ~ 19
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A. Ferguson
Georgia ~ 03
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Ron Estes
Kansas ~ 04