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      Protesters Criticize Hartzler on Social Security

      Activists said Social Security doesnâ??t need fixing during their protest outside of Columbia City Hall.

      Members of group supporting low-income Missourians are putting pressure on 4th District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler.

      Protestors with Grass Roots Organizing, or GRO, blame republicans like Hartzler for the partial government shutdown.

      GRO protesters said Hartzler wants to cut Social Security and they want to stop her. Activists said Social Security doesnâ??t need fixing during their protest outside of Columbia City Hall.

      Protesters said Hartzler and 50 other republicans signed a letter calling for drastic changes to Social Security. The changes include raising the retirement age and cutting benefits.

      GRO protester Curtis Edwards said, â??We are here to tell our elected representative Vicky Hartzler that there are other solutions besides cutting programs that we all need like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.â??

      Republican leaders said their plan would likely preserve Social Securityâ??s solvency for the next 75 years. Kate Shannon, 25, of Columbia said congress needs to keep the status quo when it comes to Social Security.

      Shannon said, â??We donâ??t need cuts to Social Security. Social Security has been working great since it has been started. It does not need to be privatized. It does not need to have any cuts to it. Itâ??s to continue the way it is.â??

      Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle said people on Social Security will get a little or no increase in their benefits next year no matter what happens with the partial government shutdown.

      A spokesman for Hartzler said the congresswoman is committed to preserving, protecting, and strengthening social security for todayâ??s and future generations. Any claims to the contrary are completely false.

      People getting Social Security benefits, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements and federal employee retirement benefits could see a delay if the gridlock in Washington continues into next week and beyond.