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Gridlock Could Delay Social Security Checks for Seniors
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) -- The debt default deadline date is looming, and with three days before a fiscal breach in the United States, Social Security check recipients learn they could not get their money on time. Seniors across central Ohio are speculating about whether they will get their benefits or if they will be delayed.
Last year, 56.7 million retired and disabled workers, spouses or children received Social Security retirement or disability benefits. Many people depend on the money to buy food and pay for rent and utilities. According to the National Academy of Social Insurance, one third of today's seniors rely on Social Security for 90 percent of their income.
A lot is at stake for those who are uncertain about their budget due to the Washington stalemate said senior Sheila Murphy of Columbus.
I am tired of it. They are acting like school children and I don't think anyone seems to care about the ordinary Joe Schmo on the street.
Local food pantries and soup kitchens are bracing for more people in need.