Thursday, July 12, 2018

Trump Orders Social Security Hearing Judges Under His Control

I am sharing this warning from Social Security Works about an urgent threat: "This week, Trump signed an executive order which is designed to strip independence from the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) who review disability claims. This action comes after a lengthy misinformation campaign targeting Social Security’s disability program, including making the outrageous claim that it is not a “core” part of Social Security. The truth is, we have one Social Security system, and we need to protect it from political interference. This order will only ratchet up pressure to deny disability claims. By putting a Trump appointee over the shoulder of every decision, they seek to deny the due process to which every Social Security claimant is entitled. Call on Congress to protect Social Security from political interference! There is already a million-person backlog of claims for Social Security disability insurance. While Senator Bernie Sanders’ new SSA Fairness Act would fully fund the Social Security Administration to clear that backlog fairly and efficiently, Trump’s answer seems to be to hire judges who share his political agenda and will deny all of the claims. Workers earn their disability benefits with every paycheck. Republicans are taking yet another step to deny some of the most vulnerable people in the country the benefits they've earned. ALJs are hardworking civil servants who are doing their best. Letting the Trump administration threaten their livelihood when they act with integrity is something we must all protest."


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