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Q. I was injured on the job and can no longer work. I get $1,000 a month in Social Security Disability. How long will these benefits last? (June 2017)

A. That depends on how the Republican Congress responds to President Trump’s proposed budget. You paid for these benefits through payroll deductions when you were working. Yet Trump’s budget seeks to impose time limits on Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits and to reduce these benefits for those injured on the job. He also wants disabled people to prove they can’t find a job in order to receive benefits. The details are fuzzy but his proposal would radically alter the Social Security Disability program enacted by President Eisenhower that thousands of Americans depend upon to meet their basic needs. Elections have consequences. Remember to vote and to let the leaders in Washington know you depend upon these insurance benefits.

–Attorney Robert J. MacDonald