I get a real kick out of these guys theres never enough money for the 911 responders, un-employed, education, middle class, job creation etc. They've hit a new low in denying a measly one time Cola of$250 to the elderly. The same people always seem to find the money if it involves their rich clients. GOP blocks legislation to award seniors $250 - Yahoo! News WASHINGTON â€“ House and Senate Republicans on Wednesday thwarted Democratic efforts to award $250 checks to Social Security recipients facing a second consecutive year without a cost-of-living increase. President Barack Obama and Democrats have urged approval of the one-time payment, saying seniors barely getting by on their Social Security checks face undue hardships without the COLA increase.