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Democrats call for stimulus to boost Social Security benefits by $200 a month


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Senate Democrats on Saturday unveiled a plan to increase monthly Social Security benefits, veterans assistance and Supplemental Security Income benefits by $200 a month, which could further add to a stimulus bill that is now estimated to cost between $1.3 trillion and $1.4 trillion.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.), the senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) in calling for the expanded benefits to be added to the phase three stimulus bill.

The additional benefits, which would last through the end of 2021, would provide seniors, veterans and people with disabilities an extra $4,000 over the next two years.

"Immediately increasing Social Security benefits would put money in the pockets of seniors, veterans and people with disabilities during these uncertain times," Schumer said in a statement. "Senate Democrats are committed to quickly delivering relief to the millions of Americans bearing the weight of this public health crisis."

 

Warren said increasing Social Security benefits "would get money directly to millions of people quickly."

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Gotta get those elder votes...

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