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Sep 28, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer supported a bill passed by the House today prohibiting individuals with an outstanding warrant from receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Payments.

The Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons (CUFF) Act (H.R. 2792) amends the Social Security Act to prohibit an individual who is the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony, parole violation or carrying a minimum term of one or more years in prison, from receiving monthly SSI payments. The legislation is projected to save the federal government $2 billion over the next 10 years and is supported by the Social Security Inspector General, National Sheriffs Association, and the Fraternal Order of Police

“It’s a privilege for Americans to receive federal welfare support in order to help them make ends meet, but when folks are not holding up their end of the bargain, they shouldn’t be rewarded for breaking the law,” said Cramer. “The CUFF Act restores the original intent of the 1996 welfare reform law by prohibiting individuals with outstanding warrants from receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, ensuring only law-abiding citizens are supported by the U.S. Government.”

Learn more about the CUFF Act here