Could Social Security checks be threatened by federal budget talks?

Jul 12, 2011

Officials with AARP Michigan are expecting to get a lot of telephone calls from concerned senior citizens, now with the president saying that their August Social Security checks might be delayed by federal budget talks. President Obama says without a budget deal the government may not send out social security, veterans and disability checks early next month.

Mark Hornbeck is the associate state director of AARP Michigan.    He says that could affect nearly 2 million Michiganders.

 "The closer that you get to August 2nd....the scarier it becomes….not only for folks receiving Social Security…but for lots of other folks who receive some kind of government services and everybody’s cast into uncertainty.”

 Hornbeck says AARP is demanding Social Security be protected from budget cuts in any deal to increase the nation’s debt ceiling.