Social Security – Senators Introduce Bill to Protect Social Security Benefits from Garnishments

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and 10 cosponsors have introduced the “Protection of Social Security Benefits Restoration Act” (S. 959). The bill would repeal a 1996 change in law that allowed earned benefits to be garnished by the federal government to collect federal debts, such as student loans and home loans owed to the Veterans Administration. The bill would prevent garnishment of Social Security retirement, survivors’, and disability benefits — as well as other earned benefits — to collect federal debts. View Senator Wyden’s press release to learn more and to access asummary. The Arc strongly supports this much-needed legislation to maintain basic living standards for Social Security beneficiaries struggling to pay student loans and other federal debts.

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