Congressman Vern Buchanan this week co-sponsored legislation intended to help senior citizens who have been denied a cost-of-living increase.
H.R. 3691, known as the SAVES Act, would use unspent money from the economic stimulus package to provide seniors and veterans with relief. Each of the 57 million Social Security recipients would receive about $250 next year.
"Senior citizens living on a fixed income are struggling," Buchanan said in a press release. "This bill would give them money to spend on food, gas and clothing. That will do more to help stimulate the economy."
The Social Security Administration announced Oct. 15 it would not increase the cost of living for recipients in 2010. Social Security benefits are linked to inflation, which has been negative this year.
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26 Tribute to Heroes Parade - Main St LWR
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
28 Braden River Soccer Club Try-outs
29 LWRBA May Membership Lunch
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
31 May YLA Breakfast "Legendary Leaders"
7:30 am - 9:00 am
Gullett student wins speech contest
Gullett Elementary School student Hailey Wahlers took home top honors May 11, after placing first in the Tropicana District Speech Contest.
Girl Scouts give cookies a new cause
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Dancing group to host fundraiser
Members of KC and the Sunshine Dancers, a group of Manatee County dancers ages 8 to 20, will show off their dancing skills in jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance from 7 to 9 p.m. May 28, as the group holds a show titled "Breaking Ground."