The federal government has sent three rounds of stimulus checks since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, while states and counties are continuing to send stimulus payments to targeted groups even now. However, one group that hasn’t gotten the needed support but has been hit hard by soaring inflation is older Americans.
Thus, requests are being made to send more stimulus checks to senior citizens. But, so far, there has been no official proposal to send financial aid to this group.
TSCL Pushing For More Stimulus Checks To Senior Citizens
The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), a nonpartisan seniors group, recently noted that inflation has slashed the buying power of Social Security recipients by about 40% since the year 2000.
TSCL Chairman Rick Delaney even sent a letter to Congress last year explaining the hardships that the elderly are facing. Delaney also requested that Congress send additional aid to seniors.
‘We’ve heard from thousands of [seniors] who have exhausted their retirement savings, who have started eating just one meal a day, started cutting their pills in half because they can’t afford their prescription drugs,’ Delaney’s letter said.
At the time, the organization noted that it is unlikely Congress would send more financial aid to senior citizens in 2021 but hoped that it would become a priority this year. To push Congress to send more financial aid, the organization even created a petition that calls on Congress to send $1,400 stimulus checks to senior citizens.
A report from the National Council on Aging claims that more than 15 million seniors are considered to be economically insecure.