HR 2792 is bad policy
U.S. Representatives Sam Johnson (R-Texas) and Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) have introduced HR 2792 in Congress in an attempt to revive a disastrous old policy that existed prior to resolution of litigation in Martinez v. Astrue and Clark v. Astrue. This bill would not help law enforcement secure the arrest of people they are seeking; instead, hundreds of thousands of people who law enforcement has decided not to pursue would lose Social Security Old Age, Survivors or Disability Insurance benefits or SSI benefits.
In addition, U.S. Representative Adrian Smith (R-Nebraska), Chair of the Human Resources Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ways and Means, and 6 cosponsors, introduced HR 2824, the “Increasing Opportunity through Evidence-Based Home Visiting Act of 2017.” HR 2824 would reauthorize the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) program. Unfortunately, this bill proposes to pay to extend the MIECHV program by cutting off Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits entirely to people with an outstanding arrest warrant for an alleged felony or for an alleged violation of probation or parole.