House Rules for 114th Congress Include Harmful Social Security Provision

Last week, the House of Representatives adopted its rules of procedure for the 114th Congress (H. Res. 5). Included in the measure was an unprecedented Social Security-related provision that will affect the ability of Congress to prevent a 20% cut in Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in 2016. The provision, inserted by Representative Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Tom Reed (R-NY) and approved by a vote of 234 to 168, sets up procedural hurdles to House consideration of a needed, routine replenishment of Social Security’s disability fund.  Shockingly, these major changes were never considered in hearings or open to input from constituents. While these rules only affect the House – not the Senate – The Arc is deeply concerned that this new provision sets a troubling tone for how the 114th Congress may deal with Social Security and SSDI. Visit The Arc’s blog to learn more about the House rules provision.

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