“Protecting the American worker, SSDI provides support when we need it most. While the benefits are modest, averaging $1,172 per month, it provides vital assistance to 8.8 million Americans with disabilities — including nearly 1 million veterans. Roughly 80 percent of SSDI beneficiaries rely on this program as their main source of income and without it, millions of Americans would be in a very poor financial situation.
These proposed cuts come at a time when the Social Security Administration (SSA) is in the midst of one of the biggest public service crises in the agency’s history. As a result of inadequate funding and a shortage in staffing, the Social Security disability programs are facing an unprecedented backlog, leaving more than 1.1 million people stuck in an administrative limbo awaiting a hearing.”