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Ros-Lehtinen Pleased To Co-Sponsor Bill That Would Improve Access To Representation For Social Security Disability Claimants; Bill Is Expected To Clear The House This Week

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a senior member of the Florida Congressional Delegation, is pleased to co-sponsor legislation that would assist disability claimants get the representation they need to settle benefit claims. The bill "Social Security Disability Applicants Access to Professional Representation Act" H.R. 4532 is due to be voted on tomorrow Wednesday.

The legislation would improve access to representation for Social Security disability claimants by making it more affordable for those who cannot retain the services of a lawyer. The legislation will accomplish this by providing for a permanent extension of the attorney fee withholding guideline.

The bill is also projected to save Social Security $3 million in 2010 and $55 million over the next ten years. Even though the savings are very minor when viewed under the context of our multi-trillion dollar budget, every penny that is saved in Social Security is important.

Said Ros-Lehtinen, "This legislation would help our most vulnerable citizens get the representation they need to settle benefit claims. This bill will help countless of claimants process their disability cases and deal with a burgeoning bureaucracy that can seem complicated at times. I hope my colleagues in the Senate see the merits of this bill and schedule a vote on it."

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