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Will social security checks be paid out next month?

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DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

When it comes to talking about America's debt rising through a metaphorical roof, you've mostly heard from Republicans and Democrats in Washington D.C.

We spoke with several men and women who do not hold elected office, but they do have plenty of political clout.

"Social security and Medicare are essential to people who live in this district, and people who live in this nation," said Bob Clark. 

As members of the Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons or AARP, thousands of men and women have done as their elected leaders have asked. 

They have written their congressman with their concerns.

Tuesday a group of seniors, alongside Conwell Hooper representing AARP, showed up to Congressman Robert Aderholt's Decatur office with more than 2,000 letters from seniors in the congressman's district.

The letters are from men and women who have paid into social security for years, and now that it's their time to cash in, they question if the government will cash out.

"Is social security going to be there? Is it going to be cut? How is it going to be cut? What people are going to be cut? Is it going to be there next month? If so, what about the month after that?" Bob Clark asked. 

Many people like Mary Clark are waiting for the answer to those questions.

"So that we can go to bed at night and not worry about what's going to happen next week, or next month," said Mary Clark.

In a statement to WAFF 48 News Congressman Robert Aderholt wrote:

"I understand that recent debt discussions have caused great concern regarding Social Security, Medicare and military payments. I share the same concerns and recently sent a letter to the President along with 69 of my colleagues in the House echoing that sentiment. House Republicans have made a commitment to protect our seniors and our military, offering no proposals that include cuts to Social Security, Medicare or military pay. And should Congress and the White House be unable to reach a deal, I believe it is vital our debt interest payments are made and our nation's seniors and military continue to receive their benefits. The funds to make these payments are in the federal coffer, now it's up to the Administration to prioritize and put them first."

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