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President Joe Biden's nominee to head the Social Security Administration on Thursday promised senators that he would address hardships the agency has caused by trying to recoup billions of dollars it mistakenly overpays beneficiaries each year.

At his confirmation hearing on Thursday, Democratic former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said he would "absolutely prioritize" reducing overpayments and improving the appeals process for millions of people asked to repay money, often years later.

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