As early as today, the U.S. Senate may resume consideration of legislation to extend federal emergency unemployment compensation benefits – a vital program that Congress must support.
Unfortunately, some in Congress continue to push for cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to help pay for the proposed extension.
During consideration of the extension in January, various Senators introduced multiple amendments to cut or eliminate SSDI for workers with disabilities who receive Unemployment Insurance (UI) after losing a job. Thanks to strong advocacy by people with disabilities and their allies, these proposals failed to advance – but may reemerge as the Senate resumes its consideration of emergency unemployment compensation extension over the next few days.
SSDI and UI are separate programs, but some people qualify for both because they have a significant disability, receive SSDI, and try to work — but lose their job through no fault of their own. By law, SSDI beneficiaries are encouraged to work if they can, and many do work part-time. Benefit cuts would erode the economic security of workers with disabilities and their families, and would treat people with significant disabilities who receive SSDI differently from all other American workers.
Our nation’s Social Security system should not become a piggybank. Social Security is paid for by workers and their employers. Any changes to Social Security must be considered as part of careful deliberations about how to strengthen Social Security.
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Call your Senators and let them know:
• Don’t cut Social Security to pay for extending Unemployment Insurance! Both programs are important, but Social Security must not become a piggybank.
• Social Security disability beneficiaries who try to work should not be treated differently from other American workers. Unemployment Insurance should be there for them in their time of need. It’s fair and it’s right.
• Cuts to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) could hurt the financial security of people with significant disabilities and their families.
All Senate Offices can be reached by calling 202-224-3121.
Thank you for your advocacy!
Click here to view additional background on SSDI and UI: http://www.nami.org/Content/ContentGroups/Policy/DI_UIFactSheet1-12-14.pdf