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Two Wisconsin Congressional districts each draw $2.3B in SS benefits yearly

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Two northern Wisconsin House districts get some of the highest totals of Social Security benefits in the nation.

The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare said the 7th and 8th congressional districts each pull in $2.3 billion in benefits a year.

The committee’s Dan Adcock says the average congressional district gets around a billion dollars a year, and his group was surprised to see the Wisconsin districts get so much.

In the North’s District 7, the benefits go to 167,000 people who are retired, children, and those getting death and disability benefits.

In the 8th District, about 142,000 recipients get benefits.

The committee says the economic impact of Social Security benefits is considerable, especially in northern Wisconsin – and Congress should consider that when it acts on a proposed cut in cost of living increases for Social Security recipients.