Bills to provide one-time $250 payments to Social Security beneficiaries fail

The House and Senate both failed to pass legislation to grant people with disabilities, seniors, and other Social Security beneficiaries a one-time $250.00 payment that would have helped to offset the fact that there will be no cost of living adjustment in 2011 for the second year in a row. The House bill’s vote of 254-153 was a majority, but did not meet the two-thirds majority necessary for the bill to be fast tracked on the suspension calendar. In addition, the companion Senate bill also failed to get 60 votes (53-45) to bring it to the floor for debate.

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