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Obama to Press for Another $250 for Seniors

By October 18, 2010

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Shortly after confirmation on Friday that for the second straight year there will be no cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase for Social Security beneficiaries, the White House announced that President Obama intends to press Congress to approve a second $250 Economic Recovery Payment to seniors, veterans and people with disabilities.

During May and June 2009, the Social Security Administration mailed checks for $250 to more than 52 million people receiving Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. At the same time, the Veterans Administration sent similar checks to some 1.9 million U.S. veterans and eligible VA beneficiaries.

According to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, President Obama wants to do it all again this fall, but he'll need Congress to approve the expenditure.

"We're grateful that Speaker Pelosi (Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi) has indicated she will bring the new Economic Recovery Payment to a vote and we urge members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to support our seniors, veterans and others with disabilities who depend on these benefits," said Gibbs in a press statement.

Congress, however, will not be voting on the $250 payment -- or any other legislation -- until late-November at the earliest, after members return from the fall recess and dust from the midterm elections has begun to settle.

Why No COLA Again? Under current law, the Social Security Administration can apply a COLA increases only when there is an increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) from the third quarter of the last year in which the COLA was approved. As determined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there was no increase in the CPI-W, so once again, no COLA.

Also See: About the 2009 Recovery Checks to Seniors and SSI Beneficiaries

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October 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm
(1) Denny says:

Last year I received an Economic Recovery payment of $250, then when I filed my 2009 Income tax I had to pay it back. Will the same happen this year? If so Obama can keep it.

October 26, 2010 at 10:51 am
(2) GeezerGuy says:

Frankly, I’m grateful for ANY help we can get. Thank you President Obama (or whomever).

October 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm
(3) worker says:

your welcome, Obama may give but from other peoples pocket.

July 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm
(4) Phyllis says:

I have a rep payee, and I did not receive any of “my stimulus”.

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