The White House announced today that Social Security recipients will get their extra $250 payments from the stimulus plan in May.
Those who receive Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits don't need to take any action to get the cash, which will be sent separately from the personís regular monthly payment. In all, more than $13 billion will be going to more than 50 million Americans
"The Social Security Administration and Commissioner Astrue have been working closely with other federal agencies to get these payments out the door in record time and into the hands of folks who need it most," Vice President Biden said in a statement. "These are checks that will make a big difference in the lives of older Americans and people with disabilities - many of whom have been hit especially hard by the economic crisis that has swept across the country."
The middle-class tax cut of $400 for most workers and $800 for couples is to appear in paychecks starting next week.
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