Proposed CUFF Act is Bad Policy
U.S. Representatives Sam Johnson (R-Texas), Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota), and Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) have introduced the transparently mislabeled CUFF Act (S 1758 and HR 2504) in Congress in an attempt to revive a disastrous old policy that existed prior to resolution of litigation in Martinez v. Astrue and Clark v. Astrue. A companion bill has been introduced in the Senate by Rep. Dan Coats (R-Ind.). The CUFF Act would not help law enforcement secure the arrest of people they are seeking; instead, hundreds of thousands of people who law enforcement has decided not to pursue would lose Social Security Old Age, Survivors or Disability Insurance benefits or SSI benefits. There is a real danger that this bill could be pushed with little or no notice to pay for an unrelated government program since the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it would reduce Social Security and SSI payments by $4.8 billion.