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January 22, 2018
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ENTRY REVIEWING THE COMMISSIONER'S DECISION - Plaintiff Amanda Bryant (formerly known as Amanda Jo Smith) applied for disability insurance benefits from the Social Security Administration ("SSA") on August 13, 2014, alleging an onset date of August 11, 2014. [Filing No. 13-6 at 4.] Her application was initially denied on October 10, 2014, [Filing No. 13-5 at 2], and upon reconsideration on November 13, 2014, [Filing No. 13-5 at 7]. Administrative Law Judge Blanca B. de la Torre (the "ALJ") held a hearing on April 6, 2016. [Filing No. 13-2 at 45-88.] The ALJ issued a decision on May 31, 2016, concluding that Ms. Bryant was not entitled to receive disability insurance benefits. [Filing No. 13-2 at 20-42.] The Appeals Council denied review on May 20, 2017. [Filing No. 13-2 at 2-4.] On June 6, 2017, Ms. Bryant timely filed this civil action, asking the Court to review the denial of benefits pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 405(g). [Filing No. 1.] "The standard for disability claims under the Social Security Act is stringent." Williams-Overstreet v. Astrue, 364 F. App'x 271, 274 (7th Cir. 2010). "Even claimants with substantial impairments are not necessarily entitled to benefits, which are paid for by taxes, including taxes paid by those who work despite serious physical or mental impairments and for whom working is difficult and painful." Id. at 274. Taken together, the Court can find no legal basis presented by Ms. Bryant to reverse the ALJ's decision that she was not disabled during the relevant time period. Therefore, the decision below is AFFIRMED. Final judgment will issue accordingly. (SEE ENTRY). Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 1/22/2018.(APD)