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Lawmakers Seek Higher Social Security Payments for Seniors

October 8, 2009

Washington D.C. - Several Democratic lawmakers have urged the Social Security Administration (SSA) to increase the benefits of seniors following reports that the payments will not be adjusted over the next two years.

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY9, said the Social Security payments should be increased to meet the seniors’ cost of living.

“To claim that the seniors’ cost of living will not change for the next two years is like saying that they will not be affected by the laws of economy”, Weiner added.

Other lawmakers including Democratic District Leader Frank Gulluscio, D-NY, and Sen. Joseph Addabbo, D-NY, also urge SSA to reevaluate its plan to freeze the cost of living payments.

“The cost of goods and medical services is rising so the Social Security payments should also be adjusted to accommodate the changes in prices. For many seniors in the country, this federal benefit is their lifeline”, Gulluscio said.

“They [seniors] should receive an increase despite the recession”, he added.

Meanwhile, US President Barack Obama said Social Security beneficiaries may not get an increase since the inflation rate is expected to remain flat, or at least low due to recession.

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