Several members of Congress are calling on the Social Security Administration to answer for issuing billions of dollars of payments it says beneficiaries weren’t entitled to receive — and then demanding the money back.
Most recipients have already spent money. The recipients have no or little way to repay the money.
“The government’s got to fix this,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who chairs a Senate panel that oversees Social Security.
“It’s a management problem, and people there should be held accountable,” Brown added.
Rep. Mike Carey, of Ohio, who is the No. Rep. Mike Carey of Ohio, the No.
“We need to have a hearing,” he said. “The general sense from members is … we do have a problem, we’ve got to address it, we’ve got to fix it,” he added.
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., a member on the Committee on Aging asked how it was possible that the number of overpayments could reach more than $20 billion. “Is somebody going to be held accountable at the federal level for, you know, messing this up?”
The lawmakers and other commentators commented after an…