"Raising the retirement age would inflict further hardship among a group of workers who are likely to face health and economic problems in their 60s." –Doug Hart, President, Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans
"Of all the lies and confusion that still surround the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the greatest is that it is bad for seniors." - Dave Meinell, President, Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans
"My father died when I was three. Because of Social Security (survivors) benefits, my Mom, my younger sister and I survived." – Diane Fleming, DC Alliance Member
"We fear that Congress will balance the budget on the backs of the 98 percent, which is working Montanans and retired Montanans. We simply cannot afford these devastating cuts to vital services such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," –John Forkan, President, Montana Alliance for Retired Americans
"Along with national parks and Social Security, Medicare is one of the best ideas we Americans have ever devised." -Tim Cunningham, New Mexico Alliance Member
"Seniors have earned and deserve their Social Security checks, and they shouldn't have to go to Congress every 10 years and beg for the program to be renewed." –James Parent, Alliance for Retired Americans Regional Board Member
"Today's retirees paid Medicare and Social Security taxes in every paycheck we ever earned. Now that we are retired, these programs help us to be able to stay healthy and pay our bills. They are the promise we make to people who worked hard all their lives, and we need to keep that promise for today’s workers." –Tony Fransetta, President, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
"Today's seniors want to lower the budget deficit. We do not want a large debt to be the legacy we leave to future generations, but we should not punish people who have paid Social Security taxes all their lives." –Jim Moore, President, North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans
"Social Security should remain what it has been for 77 years – a solid, reliable way that generations of workers have been able to retire with dignity, economic security, and peace of mind." –Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The fight for Social Security and Medicare is part of a larger fight for justice and fairness"—Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The health insurance reform helps not just seniors, but also middle-class families and young Americans, who are just starting to see the benefits. Don’t let Republicans take all that away." –Don Rowen, President Emeritus, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
"Honoring the promise of Social Security and Medicare should not be a partisan issue. Honoring the contributions that we make throughout our working years so that we may feed and clothe ourselves, keep a roof over our heads and those of our family, there is no reason for that to be a hotly contested partisan issue." –Edward Coyle, Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans
"We need to make sure that people who need Social Security to make ends meet will have it, and not fall victim to ill-informed and unnecessary cuts to these vital programs."
–Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
Budget Agreement between Sen. Murray, Rep. Ryan Averts Shutdown, Still Much to Do
December 11, 2013
For Immediate Release
Washington, DC – The two-year budget agreement unveiled by Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan on Tuesday night will bring more certainty to the nation’s economy. The Alliance for Retired Americans is grateful that the deal was reached without cutting earned Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid benefits.
However, the agreement does not close any corporate tax loopholes at all, or force the super wealthy to pay their fair share. Cutting the pensions of federal workers, our veterans, and military retirees is particularly cruel considering this missed opportunity to see more revenue. The low-hanging fruit is still ripe for the picking.
Knowing that federal employees have received no pay increase the last three years makes the $6 billion in increased retirement contributions for new federal employees even more difficult to accept. Moreover, the annual cap on government contractor compensation of $487,000 per employee is still too high, when our military retirees and federal workers are being forced to face cuts.
Avoiding another government shutdown is a plus, and Sen. Murray deserves credit for reaching a deal with Rep. Ryan. However, sequestration cuts to services need to be repealed altogether, not just reduced and repackaged.
Finally, seniors care about more than just themselves. Unemployment benefits should be extended for those who want and need to work, but are still unable to find a job.
Contact: David Blank – 202/637-5275 or firstname.lastname@example.org