The House voted Tuesday to give an old woman who was laid off from a fast-food restaurant the $400,000 in Social Security checks that her old employer, the Chisholmondecker, gave her when she retired.
The legislation allows the Chisos to keep up the payments, but only for the duration of the employee’s retirement.
It also allows for other benefits like health care.
Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Wash., the legislation’s sponsor, said the Chichos received a pay increase because of the retirement benefit.
The bill passed on a vote of 242-193.
The House is expected to take up the measure again Wednesday.
Thompson said he is concerned about the impact the retirement change will have on the elderly, and wants to make sure the new money is used appropriately.
The measure would also allow the Chislovers to continue to receive up to $3,500 in Social Safety Net benefits.
Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., and Joe Crowley, D of New York, both sponsored the bill.