Lawmakers Push For Bonus Check For Seniors, Veterans

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — With no increase in Social Security, the White House said it’s pushing Congress to give seniors, veterans and the disabled a $250 bonus check.

People at a Forest Hills senior center told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer they need it desperately, but aren’t convinced they’ll get it.

Money is so tight for Forest Hills resident Claire Leib that she packs up the lunch she gets at her senior center and takes it home to eat for dinner.

“I have to have it for a dinner,” Lieb said. “A lot of us can’t afford to do more than that.”

Seniors at Queens Community House are furious that the Social Security Administration denied them a cost of living increase for the second year in a row – because they know their expenses have risen.

Figures from Congressman Anthony Weiner’s office show that New York City bus and subway fares have risen 17 percent, rent in the city has grown 4.5 percent, and food prices are up 1.4 percent.

Congressman Weiner is backing a plan put forth by President Barack Obama to give the nation’s 58 million seniors a one-time, $250 payment.

The plan will be voted on after the November election. A similar bill died last year.

“I think the chances are better this year, because I think a lot more of my colleagues have been out on the campaign hustings, listening to what seniors say,” Rep. Weiner said.

After last year’s failure, though, some are skeptical.

“After the election, the Republicans will go against it, and they won’t get it,” Forest Hills resident Emanuel Palmieri said.

Baruch College political scientist David Birdsell said the president’s proposal is an attempt to help embattled Democrats get votes from seniors in the midterm elections.

“They know they’re going to be in the ballot box anyway, so they might as well try to make an argument that will have them putting a mark in the “D” column,” Birdsell said.

For now, seniors and the disabled in the tri-state area, and the rest of the country, will just have to wait to see if the promise of more money is actually kept.

  • c smith

    Do some of you people know that like the last 250.00 “bonus” given you must pay it back on next years taxes. So it amounts to a no interest loan. By law you must pay into SS (congress does not, why) so these people are not getting welfare but there money back. Amount depends on how much you put in through the years, plus you pay taxes on it.

  • Michael Hart

    This is for DanTe and Robert E. Lee
    Wake up and become a person. The world does need anymore “things” like you in the world. You sound so out of touch and ignorant. I feel sorry you people like you. No compassion —-just wait until it is YOUR TURN. Maybe no one will be there for you.

  • Robert E. Lee

    I am sick and tired of these welfare LEECHES whining about what is owed to them!

    Social Security should be abolished! That would prompt people to save for their retirement instead of relying on the public ( TAX PAYER) teat!

    Why should I have to pay for some senior who made poor decisions during their working years?

  • DanTe

    Awww…. parasitic whining no longer makes for good politically correct sound bite for your favorite patsy politicians? That’s why CBS quickly took this off the featured news section? Awwww…..

    Maybe you’re finally understanding that people are sick of being forced to pay for YOUR stupidities? Nah, that’ll be too much brains for you libturds in CBS.

  • Claude T.

    Its very easy to sit in our “Ivory Towers” and pass judgement on the less fortunate.

    • DanTe

      Unfortunately for pusillanimous twits like “Claude T”, I rose up from the ranks of the “less fortunate”. So those stupid sayings about “what if you’re in their situation” because you’re stupid enough to work yourself into it, is just so much idiocy.

  • dawn

    1st of all my disabled senior mom only gets $778 a month that dosen’t even cover her rent and i’m forced to help with the rest of the bills i will have to let her live with me cause i can’t keep putting in the difference politicans should really look into cost of living especially when the seniors are widowed

    • John

      Taking care of their mom or other family members is not something these people do Dan Te. It’s up to you to pay for them.

    • DanTe

      So “dawn” for some reason, “I” should be paying for “YOUR” mom? Why?

      Especially since she had obviously already spawned the next generation of entitlement welfare parasites.

  • cary

    what a shameful and disgusting attempt to buy votes using the money of future generations. these politicians can’t resist the opportunity to spend our money and our kid’s money to keep themselves in office. if the COLA didn’t go up, no increase.

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