WASHINGTON D.C. -- Congress is trying to pass a bill to allow Americans to receive paper or electronic benefits from their Social Security checks.
Officials say this proposed bill would give all Americans an alternative whether or not they want to receive their checks in the mail or directly deposited into their bank accounts.
According to John Runyan, Executive Director of Consumers for Paper Options, millions of Americans could not benefit from paperless benefit checks.
"We are disadvantaging millions of people and we're ignoring the fact that there's a digital divide in this country," Runyan said.
Walt Henderson, Director of Electronic Funds at the U.S. Treasury Department, said Americans will save millions of dollars if Congress passes this bill.
"It's expensive to produce and mail paper checks," Henderson said. "It's estimated if we can switch all of our paper checks over to direct deposit, it'll save taxpayers a billion dollars over 10 years."
Congress and the government are revising this proposed bill.