U.S. Congressman Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, is opposing moves to cut hours of Social Security offices in Southern Illinois.
“We must protect our seniors from these cuts,” said Enyart. “By cutting services from Social Security offices available to our seniors, we’re limiting the amount of assistance they can receive. I do not believe that Social Security is an entitlement – it has been earned by years of hard work. The least we can do is make Social Security services easily available.”
Enyart supported legislation that would delay cuts to services and operating hours at Social Security Administration field offices across the country.
Beginning next month, the administration offices will stop printing Social Security numbers in its field offices. In October, the offices will no longer offer Social Security benefit verification statements either. These changes will require seniors to request cards and statements via phone or a website, adding seven days or longer to the wait time, Enyart said.
“Many seniors don’t have access to the Internet, and they cannot wait extended periods of time,” added Enyart. “These cuts are headed in the wrong direction. We must be making it easier for seniors to access these services. Not harder.”
There are six Social Security offices in the 12th Congressional District of Illinois. Sites include East St. Louis, Alton, Belleville, West Frankfort, Mount Vernon, and Carbondale.