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Obama calls for $250 special payment for Social Security recipients

It could be 2012 before older Americans see an increase in their monthly Social Security benefits.

The government announced Friday that there will be no cost-of-living raise for the more than 58 million Social Security recipients in 2011. It’s the second year in a row that benefit checks didn’t adjust upward for inflation.

To compensate for the lack of a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA), the White House Friday said President Obama would renew his call for a $250 payment to Social Security recipients, a move he pushed for last year as part of the economic stimulus package. House Democrats also said they will try to push a similar measure when Congress reconvenes after the midterm elections in November. … Back to Article

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