In their second joint letter to the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), Senator Tom Harkin, Congressman Dave Loebsack (IA-02), and Congressman Bruce Braley (IA-01) again pushed the Administration to keep the Clinton office from being consolidated. The letter comes after the lawmakers received a response to an earlier inquiry from the SSA saying the consolidation would move forward as planned. The Clinton office currently serves the 49,000 residents of Clinton County, including over 10,000 current Social Security beneficiaries, who would have to travel to Davenport to visit a Social Security office if the closure goes forward.
"We are very concerned about the proposed closure, and again ask you to reconsider your decision," the lawmakers wrote. "We ask that you do not close the office until you have held a public meeting in Clinton where the public and officials can have their questions about the closure and its impact on their services addressed. We also request that you do not proceed with moving forward with the closure until you have provided us with a full business case analysis that clearly justifies the office closure."