People Worry About Social Security Checks Due to Debt Ceiling Issue

ELKTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Millions of Americans could stop getting their social security payment each month if the debt ceiling issue isn't resolved.

This comes after the Social Security Administration said it can't guarantee payments after October 17th until the debt ceiling is worked out.

Jerry Taylor is retired and said what he paid into social security should not be affected by the debt ceiling.

He said friends who rely entirely on this check will really be affected.

"We should vote them all out. The bickering going on between the two parties shouldn't stop the paychecks of elderly people who've worked all their lives," said Taylor.

Taylor thinks Congress needs to make a decision.

Part of Taylor's is from social security.

"The government is only supposed to handle it," said Taylor.

If that check doesn't come at the end of the month, his retirement would take a hit.

However, what he really worries about his friends and his mother.

"That is her retirement, that's everything she lives on.. It isn't a matter of saying, oh well, my check stops I'll just get a job. First off, there are no jobs, and secondly a lot of these people can't work. This is their only income," said Taylor.

Dr. David McQuilkin, a professor at Bridgewater College, agrees with that.

"What are they going to do? Often times social security barely allows you to have the essentials," said McQuilkin.

On Facebook, our page received more dozens of comments relating to this issue.

Rhonda Reedy said in part, she thinks the whole thing should be illegal.

Another person said she lives month to month on social security, so there would be no rent or food.

Another said "It's not the government's money. We the people pay into this."

With just days to go until possible effects, Taylor has made up his mind in this election.

"When it comes to voting time buddy, I'm voting you out. The government that we elect to send down there is letting their inflated egos keep them from coming to a compromise," said Taylor.

We received a lot of phone calls from people about this as well.

One woman said her husband is a disabled veteran and they need that money to live.

Audrey, a Teleservice Representative with the Social Security Administration said, "Congress is not signing anything for us to continue to do our job and they are using us as a pawn." is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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