Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has introduced the Social Security Caregiver Credit Act of 2017 (S. 1255). Because Social Security benefits are based on earnings, family caregivers currently face cuts in their own Social Security benefits when they have to reduce their hours of paid work, or leave the work force entirely, to provide ongoing support to a child or adult family member with a significant disability. The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act will provide a Social Security earnings record credit to family caregivers in these situations. The Arc strongly supports this bill. The bill was referred to the Senate Committee on Finance.