FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2010, file photo Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue responds to questions at a hearing in Akron, Ohio. A Senate oversight committee told Astrue the agency hasn't done enough to trim its disability claims backlog. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can’t find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs. Many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2010, file photo Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue responds to questions at a hearing in Akron, Ohio. A Senate oversight committee told Astrue the agency hasn't done enough to trim its disability claims backlog. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can’t find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs. Many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2010, file photo Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue responds to questions at a hearing in Akron, Ohio. A Senate oversight committee told Astrue the agency hasn't done enough to trim its disability claims backlog. Applications are up nearly 50 percent over a decade ago as people with disabilities lose their jobs and can’t find new ones in an economy that has shed nearly 7 million jobs. Many wait two years or more before their cases are resolved. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
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