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03.27.19

AALJ's Back on Capitol Hill

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

AALJ President, Judge Melissa McIntosh, and Executive Vice President, Judge Danette Mincey, were accompanied by IFPTE legislative staff at meetings with key hill offices to discuss the importance of Congress preserving Social Security disability applicant due process rights through closely guarding ALJ judicial independence.

AALJ's met with staff from House Oversight & Government Reform Chairman, Elijah Cummings; House Social Security Subcommittee Chairman, John Larson; Representative Brian Fitzpatrick; Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member, Ron Wyden; Senate Federal Management Subcommittee Chairman, James Lankford & Ranking Minority Senator, Krysten Sinema; Senator Marco Rubio; Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman, Lindsay Graham; and Miami Congresswoman, Donna Shalala were among the many meetings attended.

The AALJ's followed up on visits earlier this year to reinforce their legislative priorities of advocating for legislation to overturn Executive Order (EO) 13843 that would lead to the politicization of the ALJ hiring process, protect disability claimants preferring in person hearings versus video hearings, and modernizing the SSA reporting structure for ALJ annual leave rules.

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

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