House Bill Revives Social Security Policy Overturned by Federal Court

House Republicans have passed a bill, HR 2792, which would prohibit the payment of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Special Veterans Benefits (SVB) to people who are the subject of an arrest warrant for a felony or for an alleged violation of probation or parole. This would revive an old policy that existed prior to resolution of litigation in Martinez v. Astrue and Clark v. Astrue. The California-based advocacy group Justice in Aging previously mounted an effort through litigation in Clarke v Astrue and Martinez v. Astrue that ultimately restored benefits to people with alleged outstanding warrants. Last month, advocates sent hundreds of emails to congressman around the country opposing this legislation. The bill in question is the brainchild of Reps. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Kristi Noem (R-SD). The measure would not help law enforcement sec [...]

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10/13/17 5:30 PM

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