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Statement of Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, on H.R. 5773 Designating the Operations Building as the “Robert M. Ball Federal Building”

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Thursday, September 16, 2010 Mark Lassiter, Press Officer
For Immediate Release 410-965-8904
  press.office@ssa.gov

SOCIAL SECURITY

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Statement of Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, on H.R. 5773 Designating the Operations Building as the “Robert M. Ball Federal Building”

Legislation to name the Operations Building at Social Security headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland as the “Robert M. Ball Federal Building” cleared a significant hurdle with passage in the House of H.R. 5773 by unanimous consent.  It is fitting to name this building after Bob Ball who served as Commissioner of Social Security under three Presidents and who continued to write and speak about Social Security until his death in 2008.

I want to thank the sponsor of this legislation, Congressman Elijah Cummings, the co-sponsors including the Maryland congressional delegation, Acting House Ways and Means Chairman Sander Levin, and Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Earl Pomeroy.  This legislation now heads to the Senate where I hope it quickly passes.

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