Washington, DC – In the wake of this year’s closure of the Mitchell Street SSA field office in Milwaukee, Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) introduced H.R. 7146, the Maintain Access to Vital Social Security Services Act of 2018, which would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to operate a sufficient number of fully staffed field offices, as well as set up a review process for their closure.
“The shuttering of Social Security Field Offices, in Milwaukee and across the country, has created major complications for millions of Americans who depend on their hard-earned benefits,” said Congresswoman Moore. “My bill will help to ensure the SSA provides essential services to all communities. Requiring the SSA to operate sufficient offices, instituting a 90-day notification period before a proposed closure, and mandating at least two public hearings for those affected are commonsense proposals which will help my constituents, and all Americans, secure full access to SSA benefits they need.”
"Every member of Congress should support Representative Gwen Moore's Maintaining Access to Vital Social Security Services Act," said Nancy J. Altman, Social Security Works President. "This visionary legislation would ensure that Americans have reliable and convenient access to Social Security field offices. All of us have paid for high quality service at field offices with our Social Security contributions. With 10,000 Americans turning age 65 every day, we should be opening field offices, not closing them."
This bill is endorsed by Social Security Works-Washington State, Social Security Works, Economic Opportunity Institute, Gray Panthers NYC, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO (AFGE), and Latinos for a Secure Retirement.