Bills introduced to provide one-time payment and ensure payment of benefits in budget crisis

Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) and 18 co-sponsors introduced H.R. 2590, the Seniors Protection Act of 2011. The bill provides a one-time $250 payment to people who receive Social Security and certain other federal payments, due to there being no cost-of-living adjustment in 2011. The bill covers Social Security retirement, survivors’, and disability insurance benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The bill was referred to three House committees.
Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL) and 6 co-sponsors introduced H.R. 2581, the Social Security Check Guarantee Act of 2011. The bill states that the public debt limit shall not prevent or limit timely payment of benefits from the Social Security Trust Funds. The bill would cover Social Security retirement, survivors’, and SSDI benefits; it would not cover SSI.
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