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Social Security Bills that Could Impact Many Montanans

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One in five Montanans are on social security, a hot topic this coming election.

Many people have an opinion on the federal program and there are some bills currently in front of Congress that could have a major impact on a large portion of Montanans.

Jeannie Brown from Belgrade quit her job in 2010 to care for her disabled granddaughter full time. The two of them live off of $772 a month from social security.

"I think the average payment is around $1000 a month for people who live in Montana and I challenge anyone to live off of $1000 a month. I'm not just concerned about it for people who are currently getting social security, I'm concerned about it for my people as well."

One bill Brown would like to see pass is the Care Givers Credit Act, which was just introduced in front of the House. The bill would allow those who take time off to care for others full time to earn credit towards social security.

Another bill in front of congress that could have an impact on thousands is Senate Bill 567. Although some say tax payers would carry the financial burden if passed, the bill which Senator Walsh has co-sponsored, would change the way cost of living is calculated and could mean approximately $70 more a month for veterans, the disabled, and people currently on social security.

Elizabeth Marum, with Montana Organizing Project, says the group will be working from now until the election to shed light on the candidates stance on social security.

"We are working to determine what the candidates running for federal office policy positions are on social security because we are working on the expansion of social security."

Although the nation is celebrating the 79th anniversary of social security, the state of Montana led the country with a social security act passed in March of 1923, a full 12 years before the nation.

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