Senator Sherrod Brown: Sens. Brown And Warren Introduce Bill That Would Encourage Work, Strengthen Supplemental Security Income Benefits For Elderly, Disabled, And Blind Americans, And 1.3 Million Children

Bill Would Benefit Vulnerable Americans by Addressing Inflation’s Effect on Ability to Qualify for Supplemental Security Income

Friday, March 7, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced legislation that would strengthen Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for the most vulnerable Americans, including elderly, disabled, and blind Americans, and 1.3 million children. SSI provides need-based support to more than eight million of our country’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. At present, however, the amount of income a person is allowed to earn and still be eligible for SSI benefits has not kept up with inflation. Adjusted for inflation, the amount an SSI beneficiary can earn would be 5.5 times greater than its current amount. In order to pull millions out of poverty and encourage work, the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act would increase allowable income and resource levels to their intended values and index them to inflation.  
“Millions of vulnerable Americans who struggle just to get by depend on Supplemental Security Income to help take care of their families,” Brown said. “But inflation has significantly decreased the ability to qualify for SSI benefits, hurting seniors, the disabled and blind, and more than one million children. Senator Warren and I introduced theSupplemental Security Income Restoration Act to strengthen the SSI program and protect our citizens who need this help the most.” 
“SSI is a critical program that helps millions of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens keep their heads above water,” Warren said. “I’m very pleased to join Senator Brown to introduce the SSI Restoration Act, which will help strengthen SSI for families who rely on these essential benefits.”

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