Support the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act
Currently over 8 million Disabled Americans rely on SSI (supplemental security income) in order to survive. Disabled people use SSI for essentials like food, clothes and medical treatment.
Currently SSI rules require you to not maintain more than $2,000 in total assets in order to remain on SSI. This quite literally forces disabled people to live in poverty.
There is also a marriage penalty where a spouse’s assets are counted as one’s own assets. This often requires disabled folk to choose between getting married and getting the money they require to stay alive.
Disabled people should not be penalized for needing support.
SSI has been largely unchanged since its inception in 1972. This is why the SSI Restoration Act is so important!
The SSI restoration act would:
- no longer include a marriage penalty
- up the resource limit from $2,000 to $10,000 ($20,000 for couples)
- make the SSI rate at least 100% of the poverty level (a 31% increase from current levels)
- take away any penalties on household members.
The goal is to urge your congressional representative to support the bill.
Send them a personalized email. When enough constituents show they care, it can truly make a difference.
THE SSI RESTORATION ACT IS SUPPORTED BY:
S.2753: Sponsor Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and cosponsors Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Robert Casey (D-PA), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Ed Markey (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patty Murray (D-WA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Tina Smith (D-MN)
H.R.3763: Representative Raul Grijalva (D-AZ-3) and 23 cosponsors, and
Justice in Aging, AARP, AFL-CIO, AFSCME Retirees, Easter Seals, United Auto Workers UAW, Leading Age, Homeless Action Center, Medicare Rights Center, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Center for Law & Economic Justice, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare NCPSSM, National Council on Aging, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Women’s Law Center, New York Legal Assistance Group, Social Security Works, Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders SAGE, Strengthen Social Security Coalition, the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement, Patients Rising and over 87 national organizations.
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