Medicare and Social Security advocates worry that entitlements face restructuring under the new deal brokered between President Obama and the GOP.
Social Security freeze means recipients won't get a cost-of-living adjustment for the second year in a row. But House Speaker Pelosi is pushing for a $250 payment.
The payments would be similar to the checks that Social Security retirees and others received in May as part of the economic stimulus legislation.
A bipartisan accord in the House calls for a $150 billion spending plan, including significant tax rebates. But senators may want add-ons.