Stabenow Urges Senate to Pass Legislation Providing Help for Michigan Seniors, Veterans, Persons with Disabilities, Railroad Retirees, Public Employees
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) today called for Senate passage of legislation to help seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, railroad retirees, and eligible public employees. The Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act, co-sponsored by Stabenow, will provide an additional one-time $250 ($500 for couples) payment to eligible beneficiaries. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided one-time $250 payments earlier this year. She also praised President Obama for announcing his support.
"While health care costs continue to rise, Michigan seniors and others who rely on Social Security payments continue to try and stretch their monthly benefits," said Stabenow. "That's why we need to pass this legislation that will provide assistance to those living on a fixed income during these tough economic times. I was proud to help champion the original emergency payments in the recovery package earlier this year, and will continue to work with my Senate colleagues to pass this bill as soon as possible. I also thank President Obama for his support."
This bill comes as the Social Security Administration is expected to announce that there will not be a cost-of-living increase for millions of Americans in 2010. Nearly 70 percent of beneficiaries depend on Social Security for at least half of their income. Social Security is the sole source of income for 15 percent of recipients.