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house Bill H.R. 2511

Cutting Federal Disability Benefits for Teens if They Miss Too Much School

Argument in favor

Disabled teenagers deserve no Social Security benefits if they can't get to school and/or are defrauding the Social Security system.

Mary's Opinion
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08/04/2015
Teenagers have not paid into social security, so they shouldn't be receiving it in the first place. No wonder social security is running out of money for the people who paid into it for their entire adult working lives.
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Jnezy's Opinion
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03/08/2017
These student should not be receiving Social Security benefits they should be living with their parents or guardians. If you haven't paid into the system you shouldn't receive payment from it
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pgshpak's Opinion
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03/27/2016
Social security is bankrupt and cutting corners isn't a choice, it's a necessity. Besides, the program isn't meant for young adults; that's an abuse of the system. In response to those who are pledging "nay," it clearly states that if the student misses school for health reasons then they are exempt.
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Argument opposed

Targeting disabled minors is inexplicably cruel. If the goal is to prevent fraud, tracking every disabled teenager would be impossibly costly.

Maureen's Opinion
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07/07/2015
They're disabled and have health problems so they'll miss school.
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StratonGarrard's Opinion
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07/03/2015
This is ridiculous! Stop this bs and focus on real problems.
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wpeckham's Opinion
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07/03/2015
If we pass this, should we make it illegal to be handicapped? This is stupid!
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What is House Bill H.R. 2511?

This bill would tie Supplemental Security Income benefits for disabled teenagers aged 16 and 17,  to school attendance. Were such a disabled minor to miss too much school, he or she would lose his or her Social Security benefits.

SSI is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues. It helps aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income with cash to meet their basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter. 

This bill outlines exceptions in this bill for 16 and 17 year old disabled students who can prove there was a medical reason for absence in school.

Impact

16 and 17 year olds who receive SSI benefits, their families, the Social Security Administration, Congress, schools serving students with disabilities, and their staffs.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2511

A CBO cost estimate is not available.

More Information

In Depth: In his testimony to the House Committee on Ways and Means, Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) outlined why he believes his bill is necessary: 

"Roughly 66 percent of youth on SSI are still on the program at age 19, which drastically increases the likelihood that they will remain on SSI well into their adulthood. One reason children on SSI continue to receive benefits for extensive lengths of time is that the program does not offer incentives for personal success. This measure is one way to ensure those receiving SSI continue toward the path to self-sufficiency. ... Thirty percent of children ages 17 and 18 on SSI are not attending school." 

Critics of this legislation say that it blatantly ignores the extra challenges faced by disabled teenagers and their families that ableist lawmakers don't understand:

"In a number of states — Missouri, Tennessee and Michigan among them — lawmakers have attempted to tie welfare benefits to truancy, an idea that seems more like extortion than a simple quid pro quo.  And while those who live in poverty are usually regarded by the GOP with open disdain, the idea of targeting disabled children in particular is an especially vile one."

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Summary by Jenny Simeone 

(Photo Credit: Flickr user vauvau

AKA

School Attendance Improves Lives Act of 2015

Official Title

To condition the eligiblity of disabled children aged 16 or 17 for supplemental security income benefits on school attendance.

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      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedMay 21st, 2015
    They're disabled and have health problems so they'll miss school.
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    This is ridiculous! Stop this bs and focus on real problems.
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    If we pass this, should we make it illegal to be handicapped? This is stupid!
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    I agree with the statements against this action. Some children may be unable to attend even home schooling. This should be monitored.
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    Targeting disabled people is a low blow. They have medical needs that supersede their presence in school. By tying a piece of their income to their presence at school forces them to reconsider their medical needs. We don't recommend sick people go to work why are we allowing this?
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    I'm gonna say it: this bill is retarded.
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    This bill should not even make it out of committee; much less be brought to the floor for a vote. If Tommy can't cannot even debate his bill on Facebook, he surely cannot debate it on the house floor. Social Security fraud should be addressed systemically across the board. Not by some arbitrary metric with a subjective determination...
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    How about we first focus on no benefits for people who are not United States citizens.
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    Disabled teenagers will have to miss school for an actual excuse (to get the proper care they need to grow and develop.) Punishing this is extremely cruel and unjust.
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    I agree with Countable member "Barbwire": "If they have been deemed disabled then they need benefits. If they are defrauding the system, then that should be dealt with separately. These disabled teens most likely have health or mental reasons why they don't attend school. Hence, being disabled. It's up to the parents, not the Fed, if they go to school as well." To you people who refer to disabled people as "being on the dole," what do you propose we do to those who, through no fault of their own, are mentally and/or physically disabled?! Do you want them euthanized, so they won't "burden" society?! Just like the elderly, they are often looked down on or worse, ignored as if they don't exist, as if they don't have feelings like the rest of society. A lot of people treat them like they are not worth anything. The Bible tells us: “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” ‭‭(Matthew‬ ‭25:41-46‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) I had a child miss "too much" school due to illness and I was actually THREATENED with having my children taken away from me!! His senior year he began exhibiting unmistakable symptoms of bipolar disorder. To this day he has been denied disability, and we can't afford competent legal help to get him approved! I can't help but wonder if he were an illegal alien or a "refugee" he would be automatically approved. . . .
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    Get real! There most likely unable to go to school because of their disability
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    Who decides how much is "too much school"? I have been disabled since infancy and missed a month of school nearly each year due medical reasons. I was also an honor roll student my entire educational career.
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    Again, lawmakers have too much time on their hands. Missing school is not reason to take away SS benefits. If they are criminals, yes.
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    Another way to hurt the poor! Get over it!!
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    Is this a joke?
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    Teenagers have not paid into social security, so they shouldn't be receiving it in the first place. No wonder social security is running out of money for the people who paid into it for their entire adult working lives.
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    In this situation, they are most likely only missing school because of their disability, not some malicious intent! Stop taking rights from the weak!
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    Now you to hammer disabled teens. Stupid
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    The people who say that Social Security is running out of money completely fail to realize that it is because the tax cap on Social Security still exists. Social Security is only taxed on your first $118,500, so obscenely rich multibillionaires like the Koch Bros. and Sheldon Adelson pay exactly the same tax rate on Social Security as someone barely making a six-figure salary. If we remove that cap (which we absolutely should do,) the Social Security will remain solvent forever. It is intellectually dishonest and frankly insulting to say that disabled children are the ones bleeding the Social Security program dry, and those who are so callous enough to believe so should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.
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    Wow, I find this shocking. I work with people with disabilities and have all my adult life. Sometimes school is absolutely the right thing and sometimes like here in Florida there is often very little offered for those who are profoundly disabled. This is certainly a case by case basis and not something that should be mandated to receive benefits.
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