February 10, 2015•Alerts
Act Today to Stop Cuts to Social Security and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
Forwarded by the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania –
This Wednesday, the Senate Budget committee will hold its first hearing on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This hearing marks the starting point in the latest attempt to cut Social Security and SSDI benefits.
For about two decades, Congress has known that it will need to replenish Social Security’s Disability Insurance or DI fund in 2016 to account for long-term trends, such as an aging workforce now in its disability-prone years. Without Congressional action, in 2016 the DI fund’s reserves will be depleted, leaving only incoming payroll contributions to pay for benefits. The sensible solution is reallocation: a temporary, modest adjustment in the share of Social Security payroll taxes going into each of the system’s two funds. This traditionally bipartisan action will prevent 20 percent across-the-board SSDI benefit cuts at the end of 2016 while keeping our entire Social Security system on a stable financial path through 2033.
It is vitally important that members of the Senate Budget Committee hear from people with disabilities and their families. Pennsylvania’s Senator Patrick Toomey (R-PA) is on the Senate Budget Committee.
Call him today with this message: Please know that SSDI is a vital part of our Social Security system. People with disabilities rely on this program for basic needs – any cuts will have a devastating effect on their lives. Please reallocate Social Security’s funds so that SSDI will not be cut by 20 percent at the end of 2016 and reject any cuts to Social Security or SSDI benefits or eligibility.
1-855-552-1831 (toll free)
202.224.4254 (Washington DC Office)
412-803-3501 (Pittsburgh Office)
Thank you for your support!
If you have questions, contact:
President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh
(serving Allegheny, Beaver and Westmoreland Counties)
711 Bingham Street
Pittsburgh PA 15203
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania
Offices in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh