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01.29.18

AALJ Visits Lawmakers on Capitol Hill

Last week, Judge Marilyn Zahm and Judge Linda Stagno, president and vice president respectively of the Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALJ/Judicial Council 1), were in Washington visiting with key lawmakers regarding the union’s views on the Social Security disability adjudicatory process.

As Congress and the White House are contemplating reforms and cuts to our nation’s earned entitlement benefits, including Social Security, Judges Zahm and Stagno continued their ongoing efforts to encourage Congress to adopt the AALJ’s disability adjudicatory reform proposals, including assigning more support staff for judges, and streamlining favorable decisions quickly so claimants do not needlessly wait long periods for their disability benefits.

The Judges, who were joined on Capitol Hill by IFPTE legislative staff, also continued their call for an independent GAO study regarding the time it should reasonably take a judge to hear and decide a typical disability case.

Among the lawmakers and offices visited were Senators James Lankford (R-OK), Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Ways & Means Committee members, Reps. John Larson (D-CT) and Brian Higgins (R-NY).

See the AALJ point paper provided to Hill offices below.

FLASHBACK:
9/6/2017 – AALJ president testifies before Congress on the SSDI adjudicatory process

The Need for Reform of the Adjudicatory Process at the Social Security Administration (SSA)

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