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article imageU.S. House to vote on $250 payments to social security recipients

By Kim I. Hartman     Oct 15, 2010 in Politics
Washington - The House will vote in November on a bill to provide $250 payments to Social Security recipients to make up for the lack of a cost-of-living increase for next year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday.
The Social Security Administration announced today, as previously reported on Digital Journal, that more than 58 million retirees and disabled Americans will go a second consecutive year without an increase in benefits.
Pelosi said she will schedule a vote on a bill to provide the $250 payments when Congress returns for a lame duck session after the Nov. 2 congressional elections. The payments would be similar to those provided by the government's massive economic recovery package in the past.
The proposal is called “The Seniors Protection Act, introduced by subcommittee Chairman Earl Pomeroy, provides America’s seniors and all Social Security recipients with a one-time payment that will help millions make ends meet during these difficult economic times.
But even if Pelosi can get the House to approve a second payment, the proposal faces opposition in the Senate.
"All members of Congress should join us in supporting this legislation which will be fiscally responsible and upholds our bedrock promise of economic security for our nation's seniors," Pelosi said in a statement released by her office yesterday.
Pelosi's statement comes as Democrats try to make Social Security an election-year issue, accusing Republicans of planning to privatize the national retirement program.
President Barack Obama pushed for a second $250 payment a year ago, but the proposal failed in the Senate when a dozen Democrats joined Republicans to block it.
Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D., has introduced a new bill to provide the $250 payments. Pomeroy, who chairs the House Ways and Means subcommittee on Social Security, said lawmakers this time may be more supportive after hearing from voters in November.
"Seniors who rely on their modest Social Security payments need these cost-of-living adjustments for their day-to-day survival," Pomeroy said. "Passing this bill will ensure that the lack of cost-of-living adjustment will not jeopardize seniors' ability to survive on their benefits."
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