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01.16.19

AALJ Makes Its First Visit of the Year to Capitol Hill

Leaders of the Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALJ/IFPTE Judicial Council #1) were in Washington this week to outline their legislative agenda for the 116th Congress.

AALJ President, Judge Melissa McIntosh; Executive Vice President, Judge Danette Mincey; Treasurer, Judge George Evans, and; Secretary, Judge Janice Holmes, visited with key hill offices to discuss the importance of Congress preserving Social Security disability applicant due process rights through closely guarding ALJ judicial independence.

Among the particular items that the AALJ brought to the table were advocating for legislation to overturn Executive Order (EO) 13843 that would lead to the politicization of the ALJ hiring process, protecting disability claimants preferring in person hearings versus video hearings, and modernizing ALJ annual leave rules.

The AALJ leaders, who were accompanied on Capitol Hill by IFPTE legislative staff, visited with Miami Congresswoman Donna Shalala, and the staff of House Oversight & Government Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings; House Education & Labor Chairman Bobby Scott; House Social Security Subcommittee Chairman John Larson, and; Senate Finance Committee Ranking Senator Ron Wyden.

FLASHBACK:
7/17/2018 Congressman Bobby Scott statement regarding EO 13843

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