The Trump administration is proposing drastic cuts to Social Security Insurance (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) which will affect hundreds of thousands in the U.S. with disabilities. The public comment period for this proposal is open until January 31, 2020, so time is short, and action needed.
For background information check out the article, A National Disgrace’: Trump Proposes Social Security Change That Could End Disability Benefits for Hundreds of Thousands
You can do something! Write a letter explaining why SSI and SSDI are vital resources in our communities, and submit it prior to the deadline of January 31, 2020.
Docket Number: SSA-2018-0026, must be referenced in your letter so they know which legislation you are commenting on.
Submitting your comments
- Submitted online using the public comment submission form
- Snail mail at Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance, Social Security Administration, 3100 West High Rise Start Printed Page 67395Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401
- Fax: (410) 966-2830
For more information on submitting a public comment, go to the Federal Register link for this proposal.
President Reagan enacted similar legislation in 1981 which cut off 200,000 recipients, some of whom died, and was later repealed in the midst of a “judicial and legislative furor,” according to the NY Times.
To learn more about President Trump’s actions toward Americans with disabilities, check out, “Take it from a lawyer with a disability: Trump’s Paralympics comments were offensive,” which documents his mocking a reporter with a disability, disparaging remarks made about Paralympic athletes, and the late John McCain’s disability, caused by his 5 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.