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The Senate thumbed its collective nose at President Barack Obama‘s plea for an extra payment of $250 to seniors, veterans and those on disability, voting 50-47 to reject the stipend that would have added $13 billion to the $108 billion jobs bill languishing in the Senate.
Congress gave the extra money last year as part of the stimulus package but the enthusiasm wasn’t present on the Senate floor this time around.
Ten Democrats and 40 Republicans voted to reject the payment.
Social Security payments were frozen this year and were not increased for the first time since 1975.