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Reid: Senate GOP to Blame for Seniors’ Pay Freeze

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced Friday evening that he would attempt to force a vote during the lame-duck session to increase senior citizens’ Social Security payments.

Earlier in the day, the Social Security Administration announced that seniors would not get a cost-of-living adjustment for the second year in a row because those increases are linked to inflation, which has not risen enough to merit an increase.

“While the Social Security Administration has announced that no COLA will be provided next year, it’s a decision I don’t agree with,” Reid said in a statement. “Too many seniors are struggling to pay rising costs for basic necessities, even while their retirement savings and home values have taken real hits.”

He also blamed Senate Republicans for blocking a $250 Social Security increase earlier this year.

“While Republicans blocked our efforts to help seniors the last time, we cannot give up. That is why when the Senate reconvenes, we will give seniors in Nevada and across the country this badly-needed raise. I will be working hard to gain Senate passage for a proposal that ensures that America’s seniors are treated fairly,” Reid said.