The Arc Urges Congress to Protect our Social Security Lifeline

Washington, DC – The Arc released the following statement from Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy, in response to several important developments in Washington affecting Social Security, including Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI):

“The Arc applauds the Senate, which yesterday listened to the voices of people with disabilities and seniors, and removed a harmful proposal from legislation to reauthorize our nation’s highways, bridges, and public transportation system. The proposal would have partially funded the bill with cuts to Social Security, SSDI, and SSI. Social Security must not become a piggybank to pay for unrelated programs, no matter how important, and beneficiaries cannot afford any cuts to these modest but vital benefits. The Arc will remain vigilant and ready to fight back if any similar proposals arise as Congress continues to debate reauthorization of surface transportation legislation.

“Earlier this week, the Social Security Trustees released their 2015 report on the current and projected financial status of our nation’s Social Security system. The Trustees continue to find that Social Security’s overall health is strong, but that if Congress fails to act before the end of 2016, nearly 11 million Americans who rely on SSDI will face a 20 percent across the board cut in benefits.

“The Arc calls on Congress to act promptly to prevent this catastrophic cut to our SSDI lifeline. A minor, commonsense financial adjustment can ensure that both of Social Security’s Trust Funds will be able to pay full scheduled benefits through 2034, without any cuts to Social Security disability, retirement, or survivors benefits. We applaud legislation introduced yesterday to do precisely that, by paying all Social Security benefits out of a single Social Security Trust Fund: the One Social Security Act of 2015, sponsored by Rep. Xavier Beccera (D-TX) with 22 original cosponsors.

“The Arc urges Congress to ensure that Social Security will be there for all Americans — including people with disabilities and their families — for generations to come, and to reject any cuts to our Social Security lifeline,” said Ford.

The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of more than 665 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.

Editor’s Note: The Arc is not an acronym; always refer to us as The Arc, not The ARC and never ARC. The Arc should be considered as a title or a phrase.

5 thoughts on “The Arc Urges Congress to Protect our Social Security Lifeline

  1. This is absolutely wonderful news and just a glimpse of more wonderful initiatives and outcomes that are in the works. Finally, an organization dedicated to the realization that the Citizens of the United States of America who have barely been surviving as they navigate this thing called life, can and should have every means necessary to Thrive.

    That is what The Arc, and it’s President Peter Berns, represent for me. That is why I just became a 3-year member at my local chapter, The AHRC of NYC. The Arc is giving Life Back to Millions of us and that is an Awesome Thing. Thank You.

  2. The Federal Government-Specifically the 2 houses of congress continue to make the US Government the worst kind of employer. 2 years ago the Social Security Trust fund was owed 2.3Trillion (T) by underpayments. You may know that all our social security contributions go into the general treasury.
    There is no TRUST in the trust fund. Congress & Senate spend & spend tax payers & there Social Security money on anything and everything except for what it was intended & needed for. Of course they would rather cut benefits rather than do the right thing. What needs to be done is a petition & protest by all seniors retired or not. George R Keller-New Jersey

  3. Rep. Xavier Becerra is from California and not Texas! His name is also spelled wrong. Please check your facts and give credit where credit is due.

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