Social Security Chairman Sam Johnson to President: Nominate a Social Security Commissioner Now

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Washington, December 13, 2017 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee Chairman Sam Johnson (TX-03) again urged President Trump to nominate a Social Security Commissioner.  This marks the fourth time Congressman Johnson has called on the new President to nominate the position that has been vacant for nearly five years.

Johnson delivered the following remarks on the House Floor:


Mr. Speaker, I rise today to strongly urge President Trump to nominate a Social Security Commissioner without further delay.  The Social Security Administration has been without a Senate-confirmed Commissioner for over 1,700 DAYS – that’s almost five years.  This is totally unacceptable.  The American people need a Commissioner – and they need one now.

 

Without a Commissioner, Social Security is just spinning its wheels.  Important decisions are being put off, and service has deteriorated.  I ask the President to act now to nominate a Commissioner so that Social Security can provide the service Americans want, need and deserve.  I yield back.


On February 21, 2017,
Johnson and other members of Congress called on President Trump to nominate a qualified candidate to fill the vacant Social Security Commissioner position without delay.


On September 6, 2017,
Johnson chaired a Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing on the Social Security Administrations disability backlog. During the hearing, Johnson again called on the President to nominate a Social Security Commissioner.


On December 1, 2017,
Johnson once again urged the President to name a nominee, citing a local Dallas-Fort Worth paper that highlights the Social Security Administration’s hearing backlog as a critical issue facing the agency.

 

Background


Per Section 702 of the Social Security Act, the Commissioner of Social Security has a fixed six-year term.  The current term ends on January 19, 2019.  Since February 13, 2013, when then-Commissioner Astrue left the SSA, the agency has been led by an Acting Commissioner. 

 

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