This bill presents a fair and reasonable approach to protecting the longevity of both the Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Insurance programs by preventing “double dippers” from taking unfair advantage of two very different benefits.
January 13, 2020
The Honorable Jodey Arrington
Texas 19th Congressional District
1029 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Cc: Representatives Drew Ferguson, Mike Kelly, Tom Reed, and Tom Rice
Dear Congressman Arrington,
On behalf of the over 2 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I write today in support of H.R. 5576, the Double Dip Elimination Act. This important piece of legislation would responsibly address individuals inappropriately receiving benefits twice: from the Social Security Disability Insurance program (SSDI), and from the Unemployment Insurance program (UI). This bill presents a fair and reasonable approach to protecting the longevity of both programs by preventing “double dippers” from taking unfair advantage of two very different benefits.
With insolvency looming over the future of Social Security, H.R. 5576 has become more important than ever before. Under current law, it is possible for a person to simultaneously receive SSDI and UI benefits. Because SSDI benefits are meant for those who cannot work due to disability, and UI benefits are for those who can work but are currently unemployed, both SSDI and UI are placed under undue pressure by “double-dippers” who claim both benefits. Neither SSDI nor UI can afford to give out simultaneous benefits to recipients who are currently eligible for both programs.
Like the majority of Americans, AMAC is concerned about the fate of Social Security and remains dedicated to saving Social Security for generations to come. We applaud you and Congressmen Ferguson, Kelly, Reed, and Rice for introducing this fair and commonsense solution to protect the fiscal integrity of both SSDI and UI. AMAC is pleased to offer our organization’s full support to the Double Dip Elimination Act.
President of AMAC