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Legislation of the 116th Congress with provisions affecting Social Security

  • On July 17, 2019, the House passed H.R. 736, the Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act.  The bill would require GPO to establish and maintain an online portal that allows the public to obtain electronic copies of congressionally mandated reports.

  • On June 26, 2019, the Ways and Means Committee favorably reported the BETTER Act of 2019 and the HEARTS and Rural Relief Act.  These bills would require SSA to provide certain Medicare outreach notices, make Medicare coverage take effect sooner for people who enroll during the GEP or during certain months of their IEP, and exempt certain veterans from having to enroll in Part B in order to be eligible for TRICARE. The bills now await consideration by the House of Representatives.
  • On July 1, 2019, the President signed H.R. 3151, the Taxpayer First Act, which became Public Law 116-25.  The Senate passed the bill on June 13, 2019 without amendment by voice vote, and it passed the House on June 10, 2019, by voice vote, under suspension of the rules.  The bill, among other things, requires the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to notify individuals of employment-related identity theft, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) as necessary, to request annually such IRS employment-based identity theft information.  Additionally, it authorizes IRS to lower the electronic wage reporting threshold.  Previous Action 06/19/19
  • On April 9, 2019, the House amended and passed, H.R. 1957, the Taxpayers First Act of 2019, by voice vote, under suspension of the rulesThe bill, among other things, would require the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to notify individuals of employment-related identity theft, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) as necessary, to request annually such IRS employment-based identity theft information.  Additionally, it would authorize IRS to lower the electronic wage reporting threshold.  This bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

Testimony before the 116th Congress by SSA official:

Members of the 116th Congress

Legislation of the 115th Congress with provisions affecting Social Security

  • On January 14, 2019, the President signed into law H.R. 4174, the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018.  The law expands upon prior Open Government policy initiatives and public access to federal data assets by requiring federal agencies to develop evidence-based policy and evaluation plans, and to designate Evaluation Officers, Statistical Officials and Chief Data Officers to support and implement the new requirements. Became Public Law 115-435.
  • On May 24, 2018, the President signed into law S. 2155, the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection ActThe House passed the bill on May 22, 2018 without amendment, by a vote of 258-159, and it passed the Senate on March 14, 2018.  The law requires SSA to accept the electronic consent of an individual who consents to allow a financial institution to verify his or her name, date of birth, and Social Security number using SSA’s Consent Based Social Security Number Verification Service (CBSV). Became Public Law 115-174.  Previous Action 3/29/2018.
  • On September 15, 2017, the President signed into law H.R. 624, the Social Security Number Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. The Senate passed the bill on September 6, 2017, by unanimous consent. The bill previously passed the House with

  • On April 13, 2018, the President signed into law H.R. 4547, The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2018 into law.  This bill, introduced on December 5, 2017 by Representative Sam Johnson.  The Senate passed the bill on March 23, 2018 without amendment by unanimous consent. The bill previously passed the House under suspension of the rules, as amended, and agreed by a vote of 396-0, on February 05, 2018. Became Public Law 115-165.
    Previous Action 02/05/18 
  • On February 9, 2018, the President signed into law H.R. 1892, The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. This bill introduced on April 4, 2017 by Representative John Larson. The Senate voted to approve the amended bill by a vote of 71-28, and the House voted to approve the amended bill by a vote of 240-186 on February 9, 2018. Became Public Law 115-123.

  • an amendment on May 24, 2017, by voice vote.  The law, among other things, restricts the inclusion of Social Security Numbers (SSNs) on documents sent by mail by the federal Government. Became Public Law 115-59.
    Previous Action 03/15/17; 02/14/17 

  • On February 28, 2017, pursuant to the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the President signed into law H. J. Res. 40.  On February 15, 2017, the Senate passed the resolution by a vote of 57-43, without amendment.  The law provides for congressional disapproval of the Social Security Administration rule, Implementation of the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007. Became Public Law 115-8.
    Previous Action 02/02/17

 

Testimony before the 115th Congress by SSA officials

  • Ways and Means Committee
  • Senate Finance Committee
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