WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, welcomed the full Senate’s passage of H.R. 6124, the Tribal Social Security Fairness Act of 2018:
“Through the tribal cooperative agreements authorized by this legislation, Congress is taking an important step to provide the same opportunities for tribes that are afforded to other governments and municipalities,” Hoeven said. “I would like to thank the House Ways and Means Committee chairman, Representative Brady, for working with me to address these important tribal taxation issues. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, I will continue to identify and remove bureaucratic impediments that inhibit the fulfillment of the government-to-government relationship with tribes. I urge the President to sign this legislation expeditiously.”
The Tribal Social Security Fairness Act of 2018:
Empowers tribes by directing the Social Security Administration, at the request of any Indian tribe, to enter into an agreement with the tribe to extend Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance benefits to tribal council members.
Enables tribal council members to receive Social Security credit for taxes paid prior to the establishment of an agreement.
The bill was introduced on June 15, 2018 by Representative Reichert. It was passed by the House of Representatives on July 24, 2018. It will now go to the President to be signed into law.