Bill On SSI For Certain Immigrants To Move Forward
From the Capitol Insider put out by the Disability Policy Collaboration:
The House will consider the SSI Extension for Elderly and Disabled Refugees Act, H.R. 2608, on the suspension calendar on Wednesday. Sponsored by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), the bill would extend the eligibility for Supplemental Security Income for 2 additional years for certain refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian immigrants who have applications for naturalization pending. Under current law, the limit on receipt of SSI is 7 years for those who have not become citizens, but the backlogs in processing naturalization case have made it difficult for many to be processed within the time limit. The bill would temporarily allow a 2-year extension of SSI benefits from Fiscal Year 2008 through 2010. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR) has sponsored a related bill in the Senate, S. 821.