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Introduced in Senate (04/27/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 959


To restore protections for Social Security, Railroad retirement, and Black Lung benefits from administrative offset.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 27, 2017

Mr. Wyden (for himself, Mr. Brown, Mrs. Feinstein, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Merkley, Mr. Sanders, Ms. Warren, Mr. Whitehouse, Ms. Hirono, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Leahy, and Mr. Nelson) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance


A BILL

To restore protections for Social Security, Railroad retirement, and Black Lung benefits from administrative offset.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Protection of Social Security Benefits Restoration Act”.

SEC. 2. Protecting Social Security, Railroad retirement, and Black Lung benefits from administrative offset.

(a) Prohibition on administrative offset authority.—

(1) ASSIGNMENT UNDER SOCIAL SECURITY ACT.—Section 207 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 407) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(d) Subparagraphs (A), (C), and (D) of section 3716(c)(3) of title 31, United States Code, as such subparagraphs were in effect on the date before the date of enactment of the Protection of Social Security Benefits Restoration Act, shall be null and void and of no effect.”.

(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.—

(A) Section 14(a) of the Railroad Retirement Act of 1974 (45 U.S.C. 231m(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following: “. The provisions of section 207(d) of the Social Security Act shall apply with respect to this title to the same extent as they apply in the case of title II of such Act.”.

(B) Section 2(e) of the Railroad Unemployment Insurance Act (45 U.S.C. 352(e)) is amended by adding at the end the following: “The provisions of section 207(d) of the Social Security Act shall apply with respect to this title to the same extent as they apply in the case of title II of such Act.”

(b) Repeal of administrative offset authority.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Paragraph (3) of section 3716(c) of title 31, United States Code, is amended—

(A) by striking “(3)(A)(i) Notwithstanding” and all that follows through “any overpayment under such program).”;

(B) by striking subparagraphs (C) and (D); and

(C) by redesignating subparagraph (B) as paragraph (3).

(2) CONFORMING AMENDMENT.—Paragraph (5) of such section is amended by striking “the Commissioner of Social Security and”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this section shall apply to any collection by administrative offset occurring on or after the date of enactment of this Act of a claim arising before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act.