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BREAKING:. The Senate is poised to include an offset to Social Security Disabilty Insurance (SSDI) benefits for people who also receive unemployment insurance as a way to pay for an extension of  UI benefits. This would be devastating to individuals and families who rely on these two sources of income to be able to afford basic necessities. The offset would reduce SSDI by either dollar to dollar of the UI benefit or by a percentage. This in essence is cutting Social Security to pay for Unemployment and a cynical attempt by Senate Republicans to keep tearing away the social safety net that is so vital for millions of Amercians.

This is also an unpresidented attack on the rights of people with disabilities and the belief that having a disability does not have to equal living in poverty. Senator Harkin's staff is looking for a story ASAP of an example of an individual who received SSDI, decided to try to go back to work, worked enough to become eligible for UI and was then laid off. They want to be able to document how an individual would be negatively impacted by this change to use to try to help prevent this from happening.

If this sounds like your situation please contact Senator Harkin's office at 202-224-3254.

Originally posted to HGM MA on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 04:46 PM PST.

Also republished by Social Security Defenders.

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  •  How Would a Person Qualify for Both? (2+ / 0-)
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    Jakkalbessie, Sylv

    I agree that any cut to any of the social safety net programs is a travesty, especially disability benes.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 04:50:26 PM PST

  •  The TGOP.are.evil nt (5+ / 0-)

    nosotros no somos estúpidos

    by a2nite on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 04:59:07 PM PST

  •  They're basically saying that (7+ / 0-)

    we should help the worst off among us by taking money from the second-worst off among us. If it weren't true, it would be a pretty funny joke.

  •  Dear GOP (6+ / 0-)

    Go after your rich buddies.
    That's where the money is.

  •  Repub'd. But not a hill to die on. (0+ / 0-)

    OK I am okay with someone on DI picking up some extr income based on a job they can do compared to their previous living wage or better job. Let's say some accountant doing tax work in spring even though their previous job as an outside auditor became impossible. I can even see such a DI beneficiary working enough hours that their employer by law had to pay UI insurance. And in such a case it is likely that the OASDI FICA paid would also boost their monthly DI benefit by changing their benefit formula  Not always, but sometime.

    But paying someone DI because they cannot possibly find equivalent employment considering their disability and also paying them UI because they lost employment in what is presumedly a significantly lower level of employment while not having any offset between DI and UI may not be entirely fair in al cases. But we are taking, or should be, about a tiny percentage of DI eligible beneficiaries. Because employed DI beneficiaries are by definition riding the edge of eligibility.

    Because eligibility for UI is explicitly dependent on ability to take a job. While eligibility for DI is explicitly based on inability to get a job. Now clearly there are situations where workers can legitimately theread that needle. But putting the burden on the worker is not an obvious injustice

    Not compared to the screwing the working class gets on a daily basis from the Man.

    SocSec dot.Defender at gmail.com - founder DK Social Security Defenders Group

    by Bruce Webb on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 05:40:05 PM PST

    •  my daughter is disabled. she is 26. she collects (5+ / 0-)

      both ssdi and ssi right now.  she has been looking for work for a year now after getting her BA.

      her ssdi is about 264/ month, which she would continue to get should she get a job.  so you think that if she works for a year, then was laid off that, the unemployment insurance that she is otherwise entitled to should be reduced by her ssdi amount?

      her income, when working, does not make her lose that ssdi, why should unemployment, half, at most, of what she was earning, reduce it?

      "Don't Bet Against Us" - President Barack Obama

      by MRA NY on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 06:19:51 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Democrats Should Just Say NO, NO, AND NO (4+ / 0-)

    "Don't Let Them Catch You With Your Eyes Closed"

    by rssrai on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 05:43:18 PM PST

  •  According to reporting on XM (1+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs

    Dan Pfeiffer has verified that Dems will agree to "offsets," and/or are willing to negotiate cuts, if Republicans will first agree to extend UE Insurance for 3-months without offsets.

    (Once negotiated, the offset amount will cover the entire year.)

    The reporter on "The Press Pool" did not state "which" offsets that the Administration and Dems would be willing to accept.

    Folks--might consider calling the White House and Democratic Party lawmakers, as well as Republicans!

    (Just in case THIS cut is the one that's "in the hopper.")

    The piece below, by Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today, addresses this possible negotiation.

    White House adviser: On jobless benefits, let's talk

    WASHINGTON — Senior White House adviser Dan Pfeiffer had an offer Wednesday for congressional Republicans weighing legislation to renew long-term unemployment benefits: Pass a three-month extension now, and President Obama will negotiate ways to offset the costs of extending them for the full year.

    The benefits for those who have been out of work for 26 weeks or more expired just after Christmas, and reviving them has been a top administration priority. But spokesman Jay Carney as recently as Tuesday refused to bite when asked if the White House might discuss "pay-fors" in an effort to win GOP support.

    In an interview with USA TODAY's Capital Download, Pfeiffer indicated a willingness to negotiate if the House and Senate would pass a three-month extension being considered without offsetting its $6.4 billion cost. "That will give us three months to work out how to do it for the whole year," he said.

    Including negotiating those budget offsets?

    "We're happy to engage in conversations about how to do it; there are lots of ways to do it," he told USA TODAY's weekly video newsmaker series. "We're happy to talk to them to find a way to do it, because it's important." . . .

    Mollie

    "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


    hiddennplainsight

    by musiccitymollie on Thu Jan 09, 2014 at 11:32:57 PM PST

  •  Chris Christie underestimated (1+ / 0-)
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    sethtriggs

    NJ Dems and it seems that Senate GOPers are responsible for this behavior.

    Chris Christie went all Tony Soprano on one African-American judge just to have some bragging rights at the next GOP event.
    Chris Christie order the hit on travelers to get back at NJ Dems for standing up to him and not allowing him to bully them.

    Dems stood up to NJ Gov Chris Christie and he [Christie] had a tantrum and sought revenge.

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