Seniors protest potential Social Security cuts

(WEAU) - Some seniors headed outside of the senior center to protest Social Security cuts.

Members of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans and other seniors protested over the proposed Chained CPI. It's a new, lower way to adjust society security benefits for inflation. The Obama budget says the new measure would save $130 billion over 10 years.

But the alliance says if adopted, it equates to a social security benefit cut that could result in a retiree losing more than $6,000 over a 15 year period.

Fran Hofer from Eau Claire said "a lot of our seniors don't have much of an income in their late years and if they use their little cash reserves, it goes down in a hurry by paying rent and bills, and all the food products and all those things seem to be going up. So they really come out on the short end."

Afterwards, protesters hand delivered a letter to Congressman Ron Kind's Eau Claire office asking him to oppose the measure.