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Oppose Cuts to Disability Insurance

In 2016, the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Trust Fund is set to become insolvent, resulting in 20% across-the-board cut in benefits to all SSDI beneficiaries. Urge Congress to preserve SSDI benefits by opposing cuts and speedily reallocating funds from the Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) program Trust Fund to the SSDI Trust Fund as Congress has done in the past.

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  • Background:

    Social Security Disability Insurance provides monthly benefits to millions of people who have contributed to the SSDI trust fund through payroll taxes in the past but whose ability to work is currently limited because of a disability. SSDI beneficiaries are some of the most vulnerable members of our community; around 70% of DI recipients are over 50 years old and it is estimated that half of those receiving SSDI benefits would live in poverty without the program.

    The two Social Security trust funds, the Disability Insurance Trust Fund and the Old Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund have historically been treated by Congress as one large structure, with Congress reallocating money between the two programs 11 times depending on which trust fund has needed it. A reallocation of funds from the OASI Trust Fund to the SSDI Trust Fund would have a minimal impact on the solvency of OASI and would allow SSDI beneficiaries to continue receiving full benefits while long-term solutions are found.

    Jewish Values:

    Leviticus 19:14 commands us to “not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind." Any cuts in SSDI benefits would be a significant economic stumbling block for people who paid into and rely on the SSDI program. Furthermore, Proverbs 31:8 teaches us to “speak up, judge righteously, champion the poor and the needy." SSDI beneficiaries are some of the most vulnerable members of our society and it is our responsibility to speak up and defend their benefits.

    More Information:

    For more information about disability rights, contact Legislative Assistant Tyler Dratch at (202) 387-2800.