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Rep. Rokita Releases Bill to Keep Social Security Solvent

Press Release

Date: Sept. 7, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

Heritage Action and FreedomWorks released their full endorsement of Congressman Todd Rokita's newly released bill H.R. 6532, the Making Disability Insurance Work for All Americans Act. This bill is the first serious proposal to outline a conservative way to keep the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Trust Fund solvent for decades to come.

"I am calling on Congress to pass this legislation to support those who truly need help transitioning back into the workforce so they can continue to build better lives for themselves and their families," said Congressman Rokita. "The revival of this program ensures protection of our social security and the lives dependent on it. I will continue fighting for bills like this one that support American families without adding debt to our future generations."

H.R. 6532 includes major reforms such as transitioning new beneficiaries to a flat monthly benefit and increases the frequency of continuing disability reviews. It establishes that disability attorneys must negotiate their fee directly with applicants, ending the current system that leads to unnecessary delays and appeals so attorneys can get more money. Finally, it includes common-sense reforms, such as updating the medical vocational grid to better capture emerging industries and new treatments, and allows SSA to use social media when making determinations on who is eligible for disability.