Dennis A. Ross Votes to Strengthen Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries
U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Chief Deputy Majority Whip, voted to protect Social Security for millions of Americans today by supporting the Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017. The bill strengthens oversight and personal control of a program that handles how Social Security payments are made to those who are not capable of managing their own benefits, such as an adult or child with dementia.
“Florida’s Social Security beneficiaries need to know that this program is being run with their best interests at heart,” said Rep. Ross. “This bill reduces the burden on families, enhances oversight, and prevents those with certain criminal convictions from serving as payees. We must prevent those who are vulnerable, including 4 million children nationwide, from being exploited.”
Background: In 1939, Congress first authorized the Social Security Administration to make benefit payments to another person or organization – called a representative payee – in cases where a beneficiary is not capable of managing their own benefits, such as a child or an adult with dementia. Payees can be parents, other individuals, or organizations. The SSA is responsible for assessing whether an individual needs a representative payee, screening and selecting payees, and providing oversight of those serving as payees.
The Strengthening Protections for Social Security Beneficiaries Act of 2017: