Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Smith Defends Constitutional Rights of Millons of Social Security Beneficiaries

Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) questioned Social Security Administration Inspector General Patrick O’Carroll in a Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee hearing today about the Obama administration’s proposal, included in the President’s list of executive actions in January, to report all 4.2 million Social Security beneficiaries with representative payees to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
“Today’s hearing highlighted the outdated metrics on which the Obama administration is basing its proposal to limit the Second Amendment rights of millions of Social Security beneficiaries,” Smith said. “Decades-old listings are not a reliable measure of mental capacity to own a gun today, and the Social Security Administration continues to miss deadlines to update these standards.
“Assigning a representative payee to manage one’s finances does not mean a person is violent or dangerous, and it certainly should not be grounds to revoke constitutional rights. I will continue to oppose this gun control move by the Obama administration.”

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