Braley opposes cuts to 19 Iowa Social Security offices

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Waterloo, said Wednesday he is introducing legislation to prevent federal cuts to 19 Iowa Social Security offices.

Braley said he has previously joined more than 100 lawmakers expressing opposition to cuts in services at Social Security Administration field offices. The legislation he introduced Wednesday would delay those cuts – arguing that federal officials have done nothing to illustrate equivalent access to Iowa’s seniors or cost savings.

Beginning August 2014, Braley said, the Social Security Administration will no longer issue Social Security number printouts in its field offices. In addition, beginning October 2014, the field offices will stop providing benefit verification letters, except in emergency situations. Many seniors rely on these verification letters for a variety of services. Those requesting this information would be able to do so only online or over the phone. Last year alone, 11 million Americans used SSA offices to request this information, he said.

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