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Text of the Blind Empowerment Act of 2001

This bill was introduced on February 7, 2001, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 7, 2001 (Introduced).

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HR 498 IH

107th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 498

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to increase the level of earnings under which no individual who is blind is determined to have demonstrated an ability to engage in substantial gainful activity for purposes of determining disability.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 7, 2001

Mr. EHRLICH (for himself, Mr. CHAMBLISS, Mr. OXLEY, Mr. LAHOOD, Mr. FROST, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. COBLE, Mr. BOSWELL, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. NEY, Ms. CARSON of Indiana, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. KIND, Mr. VISCLOSKY, Mrs. BONO, Mr. CRAMER, Ms. BERKLEY, Mr. NETHERCUTT, Mr. GREEN of Texas, Mrs. JONES of Ohio, Mr. BARTLETT of Maryland, Ms. LOFGREN, Mr. BOUCHER, Mr. PAUL, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. NUSSLE, Mr. PHELPS, Mr. BENTSEN, Mr. RYUN of Kansas, Mr. SCHIFF, Mr. LAFALCE, Mr. ROGERS of Michigan, Mr. FRANK, Mrs. NORTHUP, Mr. HOLT, Mr. CANTOR, Mr. ALLEN, Mr. CRENSHAW, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. HANSEN, Mr. BALDACCI, Mr. MCHUGH, Mr. KANJORSKI, Mr. TANCREDO, Mr. TOWNS, Mr. ISAKSON, Mrs. MEEK of Florida, Mr. GILMAN, Mr. ACEVEDO-VILA, Mr. FOLEY, Ms. PELOSI, Mr. GILCHREST, Mr. DEFAZIO, Ms. SCHAKOWSKY, Ms. JACKSON-LEE of Texas, Mr. TRAFICANT, Ms. VELAZQUEZ, Mr. BROWN of Ohio, Mrs. KELLY, Mr. GANSKE, Mrs. MORELLA, and Mr. KING) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To amend title II of the Social Security Act to increase the level of earnings under which no individual who is blind is determined to have demonstrated an ability to engage in substantial gainful activity for purposes of determining disability.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    The Act may be cited as the ‘Blind Empowerment Act of 2001’.

SEC. 2. INCREASE IN AMOUNT DEMONSTRATING SUBSTANTIAL GAINFUL ACTIVITY IN THE CASE OF BLIND INDIVIDUALS.

    Section 223(d)(4) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 423(d)(4)) is amended--

      (1) by striking the second sentence of subparagraph (A); and

      (2) by adding at the end the following new subparagraph:

    ‘(C)(i) No individual who is blind shall be regarded as having demonstrated an ability to engage in substantial gainful activity on the basis of monthly earnings in any taxable year that do not exceed an amount equal to--

      ‘(I) in the case of earnings in the taxable year beginning after December 31, 2000, and before January 1, 2002, $1,240.00 per month;

      ‘(II) in the case of earnings in the taxable year beginning after December 31, 2001, and before January 1, 2003, $1,666.66 2/3 per month;

      ‘(III) in the case of earnings in the taxable year beginning after December 31, 2002, and before January 1, 2004, $2,083.33 1/3 per month;

      ‘(IV) in the case of earnings in the taxable year beginning after December 31, 2003, and before January 1, 2005, $2,500.00 per month; and

      ‘(V) in the case of earnings in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2004, the dollar amount determined for purposes of this clause under clause (ii).

    ‘(ii) The Commissioner of Social Security shall, on or before November 1 of 2004 and of every year thereafter, determine and publish in the Federal Register the monthly dollar amount for purposes of clause (i) in the case of taxable years beginning with or during the succeeding calendar year. Such dollar amount shall be the larger of--

      ‘(I) the monthly dollar amount in effect under clause (i) for taxable years beginning with or during the calendar year in which the determination under this clause is made, or

      ‘(II) the product of $2,500 and the ratio of the national average wage index (as defined in section 209(k)(1)) for the calendar year before the year in which the determination under this clause is made to the national average wage index (as so defined) for 2002,

    with such product, if not a multiple of $10, being rounded to the next higher multiple of $10 where such amount is a multiple of $5 but not of $10 and to the nearest multiple of $10 in any other case.’.

SEC. 3. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2000.