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H.R. 4500 (115th): Protection of Social Security Benefits Restoration Act

The text of the bill below is as of Nov 30, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4500

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 30, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Pocan, Ms. Fudge, and Mr. Larson of Connecticut) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Ways and Means, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

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

1.

Short title

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

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.

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(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.