Number: 111- 25
Date: December 8, 2009

The House Passes H.R. 4218,
The “No Social Security Benefits for Prisoners Act of 2009”


On December 8, 2009, the House passed H.R. 4218, the “No Social Security Benefits for Prisoners Act of 2009”, by voice vote.

•  The bill would prohibit the payment of any retroactive Title II and Title XVI benefits to individuals while they are in prison, are in violation of conditions of their parole or probation, or are fleeing to avoid prosecution for a felony or a crime punishable by sentence of more than one year.

•  Under the bill, SSA would not pay these retroactive benefits until the beneficiary is no longer a prisoner, probation or parole violator, or fugitive felon. (The prohibition would apply to fugitive felons who meet the criteria for benefit suspense in the Martinez settlement.)

•  The provision would be effective with respect to payments that would otherwise be made on or after the date of enactment.