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Lawmakers complain about the large backlog of Social Security disability claims

Top House and Senate Democrats call for massive boost in funding for Social Security. Agency facing massive backlog in claims for disability benefits. White House calls for funding increase “to improve service for Americans on Social Security”. The agency’s workforce has been understaffed, overwhelmed during the coronavirus pandemic. Millions of disabled Americans are waiting months or years to hear whether they will receive benefits.

Processing times have doubled in some states and almost tripled in others. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden decries “unacceptable” delays facing disabled Americans. The push for a bigger budget comes as negotiators race to fund the federal government.