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"Don't mess with our Social Security checks"
Henrietta, N.Y.-- Juanita Wade said she worked her whole life to earn her Social Security check. She picked cotton, drove a truck, worked in a nursing home and was an aide in a hospital.
She's now retired and moved to West Henrietta from Arkansas to be with her daughter, because of her health issues.
Juanita said she counts on that monthly check to pay for groceries and medicines that aren't covered by her health insurance.
She said delaying that benefit would hurt her and many other seniors.
President Obama has threatened that federal benefits including Social Security checks could be delayed if the government doesn't increase the debt ceiling by the October 17 deadline.
Wade said she's frustrated with all of the lawmakers in Washington and fed up with the shut down and now the threat of losing benefits.
She told us her message to Washington would be: "Shape up or ship out, they need to clean Washington out."
Diana Barbolla also worked her whole life as a machinist. She is now retired and lost her husband five years ago. Her Social Security benefits pay for groceries, bills and other expenses. She said even a delay would hurt and isn't fair.
Jerry Jariwla worked for 35 years at the Schlegel Corporation as an Engineer.
He said like other retirees, he paid into Social Security all these years and believes it should be protected and not used to settle disputes in Washington.
Jariwla told us: "I think they're not listening to people."