BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The golden years have been tarnished again for people who dependon social security checks.
Millions of Americans will receive no increase in 2010.
For the first time in almost 40 years, there will be no cost ofliving increase for social security recipients.
Adjustments go along with inflation, which is down because oflower energy costs.
Carmella Grunzweig said, "It's sorta ridiculous because a lot ofsenior citizens depend on it."
It's not good news for seniors who say their expenses certainlyhaven't gone down.
News 4 caught up with a group at the Town of Tonawanda SeniorCenter.
Dolores Wackenheim exclaimed, "We all need that money in thebeginning of January. Everything's gone up, prices have gone up,everything."
To help counterbalance the hit, President Obama is calling onCongress to send another $250 dollar relief payment to the 50million seniors to help ease the economic strain.
"If we can provide a stimulus to the financial companies,education institutions, and the utility companies can keep onincreasing their rates, the federal government can keep on hiringpeople at extravagant salaries," explained Betty Kopra.
Gay Potter said "I've been forced to go back to work to pay formy meds anyway."
Potter says what's happening to social security is anoutrage.
"I'm 75. I went back to work a year and a half ago , I justcan't make it anymore on it," Potter said.
Senator Charles Schumer agrees with the presidents plan to sendchecks to seniors, veterans and those who are disabled.
But he says a bigger issue for senior citizens is "Medicare PartB".
"Medicare rates are going up and up and seniors don't have thedollars to pay and, in the past when there was a significant COLAincrease, it more than matched the part B. Now it doesn't at alland we need to give seniors help with part B," Schumer said.
It's expected to cost around $13 billion dollars for thestimulus checks.
Senator Schumer wants the house and Senate to approve thembefore Thanksgiving, so that seniors will have them byChristmas.
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