Solutions: SSDI Backlogs and Permissionless Innovation

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If you’re confused by the subject line of this email, it’s probably because it’s a confusing subject line. But it gets at something vitally important -- Bridge Alliance members are tackling a number of different problems that are facing our nation, and not just the headline grabbers.

To put it simply, while the media fixates on the sensational, Bridge Alliance members are proposing repairs to all parts of the system.

For instance, and to bring it back to the subject line, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB) has a plan to alleviate the backlogs in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. While you won’t hear about these backlogs on CNN or Fox News or MSNBC, there are approximately 1 million claimants awaiting a hearing, and wait times in some offices exceed 1,000 days. That’s 1,000 days for disabled Americans to get behind on their mortgage payments, their car payments, their utility payments, etc.

And what about Permissionless Innovation? That’s R Street’s proposal to encourage innovation and scientific discovery in America, which has shown signs of stalling. Specifically, R Street is pushing against the nation’s tendency to put preemptive, onerous regulations on new technologies and entrepreneurship in anticipation of negative externalities. Instead, R Street argues we should address negative externalities when they are shown to exist.

While these issues will likely recede to the back of your mind over the course of today (and that’s OK!), know that Bridge Alliance members are working hard to address them and secure our nation’s future.

If you would like to join the fray, there are a number of ways to get involved. One is to join an incredible organization like CRFB. And, ICYMI, we mentioned a few others a couple of weeks ago.

As always, thank you for your support.


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Bridge Alliance Members in the News:

Congressional Management Foundation - The Fulcrum - Hiding in plain sight: An unusual example of how Congress can work

Living Room Conversations - Greenwich Sentinel - On My Mind: Teaching Cultural Agility

America Indivisible - Los Angeles Times - Immigrants are reviving Paterson, NJ, from its difficult past