"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
Retiree Voting Record Released for 1st Session of 113th Congress
May 29, 2014
For Immediate Release
“A Year of Endless Attempts to Cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and Repeal Health Care Reform”
Washington, DC – The Alliance for Retired Americans today released a new report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Representative and Senator on key issues affecting current and future retirees. The document is available at http://www.retiredamericans.org/issues/congressional-voting-record. The Alliance is winding down the month of May, which is Older Americans Month, with the release of the report.
The voting record examined 10 key Senate votes and 10 key House votes in 2013, showing the roll calls on issues such as:
• whether to raise the retirement age and fast-track cuts to Social Security;
• whether to privatize Medicare;
• whether to turn Medicaid into a block grant system;
• whether to limit voters’ rights by implementing photo identification requirements; and
• whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would take away some gains for seniors and Medicare beneficiaries in terms of coverage and benefits.
“The first session of the 113th Congress was one of the least productive in modern American history. It enacted just 55 substantive pieces of legislation, the fewest in decades,” said Barbara J. Easterling, President of the Alliance “The House Speaker said that Congress should be judged on how many laws it repeals. We looked, and it repealed none. It was a year of endless attempts to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and repeal health care reform.”
“In contrast, simultaneous to the attacks on core retiree programs, income inequality grew,” said Ms. Easterling. “For more than a decade, the wealthiest Americans have received trillions in tax breaks while older Americans have continued to see rising drug, health care, food, and energy costs.”
According to the Alliance, 154 U.S. House members achieved perfect scores of 100 percent in 2013. One hundred thirty-two received scores of zero. One of those zeroes belonged to Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), whose budget continues to be used as a blueprint for House Republican leaders.
Forty-seven members of the U.S. Senate achieved perfect scores of 100 percent in 2013, while another 16 received zeroes.
“This Voting Record reflects how committed our elected representatives are to retirees and older Americans,” Ms. Easterling said. “It is intended to educate, thereby helping to create an America that protects the health and economic security of seniors, strengthens families and builds safe and thriving communities. Higher scores on the 2013 Voting Record reflect a commitment to protect and support our core retiree programs of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, rather than attack them.”
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