The U.S. Senate version of the bill to keep the federal government funded beyond September 30 includes $400 million for the Social Security Administration (SSA). The so-called “anomaly” included in the Continuing Resolution will prevent SSA from having to institute a hiring freeze and cut overtime pay for employees.
While NOSSCR and the disability community had been seeking $800 million in interim funding, we are grateful that this critical funding was included.
SSA Communications Director Jeff Nesbit told one of our coalition partners that, “[Anomaly funding has] never happened for the agency. I think everyone is beginning to recognize that it’s a good thing to fight for more resources for the agency so it can do its truly important, meaningful job. Please tell folks thank you for banging the drum with congressional staff. This matters.”
NOSSCR members can learn more about the need for this funding from the recording of the Washington Update webinar that took place on September 20.
The Continuing Resolution bills must pass the U.S. House and Senate by 11:59 pm ET on September 30 to avoid a federal government shutdown.