Helping Seniors

Sen. Sanders hosted a Capitol Hill press conference at which he and Rep. Peter DeFazio welcomed more than 120,000 signatures from seniors supporting their bill to provide a one-time, $250 payment next year to more than 50 million seniors so Social Security benefits do not shrink. Unless Congress acts, benefits will drop for the first time in decades because there will be no cost-of-living adjustment while Medicare prescription drug premiums, which are deducted from Social Security, will go up. The petition was collected by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare who brought with them to the event Esther Lenett, 91, a Social Security recipient from Bethesda, Md.