AMAC Action On Capitol Hill

In Support of H.R. 2031, the Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act

support letter

The Honorable Sam Johnson
Chairman, Social Security Subcommittee
House Committee on Ways and Means
2304 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Adrian Smith
3rd Congressional District, Nebraska
320 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Tom Reed
23rd Congressional District, New York
2437 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Mike Kelly
3rd Congressional District, Pennsylvania
1707 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable James B. Renacci
16th Congressional District, Ohio
328 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairman Johnson and Representatives Smith, Reed, Kelly, and Renacci,

On behalf of the 1.3 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I write today in support of H.R. 2031, the Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act. This important piece of legislation would responsibly address individuals inappropriately receiving benefits twice: once from the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI), and once from the Unemployment Insurance program (UI). This bill presents a fair and reasonable approach to protecting the longevity of both programs by preventing “double dippers” from taking unfair advantage of two very different benefits.

With insolvency looming over the future of Social Security, H.R. 2031 has become more important than ever before. Under current law, it is possible for a person to simultaneously receive SSDI and UI benefits. Because SSDI benefits are meant for those who cannot work due to disability, and UI benefits are for those who can work but are currently unemployed, both SSDI and UI are placed under undue pressure by “double-dippers” who claim both benefits. Neither SSDI nor UI can afford to give out simultaneous benefits to recipients who are currently eligible for both programs.

Like the majority of Americans, AMAC is concerned about the fate of Social Security and remains dedicated to saving Social Security for generations to come. We applaud Chairman Johnson and Representative Smith, Reed, Kelly, and Renacci for their fair and commonsense solution to protect the fiscal integrity of both SSDI and UI. AMAC is pleased to offer ourorganization’s full support to the Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act.

Sincerely,

Dan Weber
President and Founder of AMAC


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jamesgurley
2 years ago

Double-dipping sounds like the legal term presented to me by an insurance company when I was injured on the job at 62 years of age and climbing poles for an electric co-op association. Yes, when the insurance company (workmen compensation company) told me to apply for social security disability and even if I didn’t file they would withhold the 2500 a month out of the 3200 a month I would receive until age 65,at which time I would only receive social security. Yes our lobbyists have been hard at work to prevent double dipping. My biggest complaint as to what we need is STOP the monies from leaving budgets to pay for undeserved raises we pay our politicians. When these people are able to collect benefits that the taxpayers has provided to make a majority of politicians millionaires. A net worth of millions is totally out of the realm of imagination that there are that many millionaires that have acquired that wealth as a POLITICIAN. Excuse me for getting off-base with my rant but DOUBLE DIPPING just struck a nerve. God bless y’all.

T.E. Sumner
3 years ago

Socialism is a horrible disease that afflicts hundreds of millions of people around the world. Since 1913, the USA has slowly descended into the hole of collective wealth, collective earnings, collective healthcare, collective insurance and collective thought in general. Retirement is when you don’t expect to earn much more than you already have. Decades ago when FDR set up Social Security and later when Medicare was forced upon us, the justification that retired people deserve something from others was a gigantic Trojan horse leading to Communism (or Socialism if you prefer to think it’s different). Money we save is our money; it’s not simply wealth that a government can take from us to benefit others. Our wealth is not gold coins, like Scrooge McDuck, sitting in a giant vault simply waiting for government to come and relieve us of the burden. Our wealth, personally and as a nation, is in the buildings we own, the land we own and hope to pass to our children, the crops in the fields, the inventory the shelf, the accumulated material goods in our attics and garages, plus all the other financial instruments we have set aside, like stocks, bonds, insurance policies, and shared ownership of business entities.
FDR told us that Social Security would NEVER be taxed. It did take decades before a shortfall in the Federal budget tempted Congress to tap into the massive accumulations in Social Security. It took more time to tap into the Highway Trust Fund and various and sundry other savings to pay for more current spending, usually to line the pockets of politicians and politicians’ friends, many none of really know about. Our staggering debt is evidence of the unbridled spending of Congress, of both parties.
That original promise that retirement would be free of worry was broken long ago. The time has come to restore that promise of tax-free retirement.

If, when I’m 23 years old, I vote to take out a bond to pay for new school building, I am honor-bound to pay back that debt. When the city asks for bond money to pay for repairs of sewer systems and add new water supply capacity (because the population is growing), if I vote for that bond money, I am on the hook to pay it back.
But 30 years later, when I have paid back those bonds, I am done. It is simply not fair to borrow for 30 years and then have to pay for your entire life until you die.
This relief from paying for other people’s debts is just common sense, but it is also about fairness.

We cannot retire from working, if every single thing is examined and taxed, as if we had committed to paying borrowings back forever. Social Security should be tax-free. Medical expenses should be fully deductible and tax-free when paid by someone else, like insurance or a savings plan. Saving for medical expenses should be deductible and should grow tax-free. Retirement plans should be deductible and grow tax-free. All payments from retirement plans, not just Social Security, should be exempt from income tax. Property taxes should not pay for any borrowings after we’ve paid 25 or 30 years to retire those bonds.
Maybe we old people should be paying for current expenses of Defense, Road Maintenance, City Operations, Police, Fire, State Highway Maintenance, and so on; but stop making us pay from our retirement for improvements (unless it reduces our bills) and additions to roads, schools, water systems, sewer systems, and so on. Taxes on me to pay other people’s current expenses to live and be happy is a ridiculous concept. In fact, making me fill out a form is just too much. If I am retired, I am retired. Stop harassing me, especially in the name of the collective “good.” I am not a socialist.
If I choose to donate money or time to a worthy cause, that’s my call. Get the Federal government and the State and local governments out of communal banking and spending, especially for “charity.”
If government at all levels cannot live within the taxes they collect, then they’re doing something wrong. Let them ask taxpayers if it’s okay to borrow money to pay for durable items, and then, if voter-approved, that will be something they have to pay back during the lifetime of the durable item. Don’t borrow for 40 years to pay for something that lasts 5 years – that’s completely stupid. Don’t borrow money to pay welfare payments for food or other living expenses, because once it’s eaten, it’s gone, and nobody wants to pay back what was borrowed.
Worse, if people are paid not to work, production is not increased, because they’re not working. It basically means everybody else is donating a portion of what they honestly earned to somebody who didn’t work for it.
We can’t expect AMAC to fix everything that has been foisted on the American people over the last 100 years, but please, AMAC, do what you can to end stupidity in governance, eliminate collectivist government, and let us old folks retire with dignity and without interference from government.

Karen Jordan
4 years ago

I agree, getting both benefits should NOT be permitted. I appreciate this bill.

Jeff Addiego
4 years ago

We need a bill for this? Of course it’s illegal to collect UI while you’re on SSDI. You can’t collect them both in Califirnia

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