"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, former 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
Alliance for Retired Americans Applauds Equal Social Security Benefits for Same-Sex Couples
June 25, 2014
For Immediate Release
Bipartisan SAME Act “Clearly Corrects a Current Injustice”
Washington, DC – The Alliance for Retired Americans applauds Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), who have introduced needed legislation to ensure that same-sex spouses receive equal treatment under the Social Security Act.
The bipartisan Social Security and Marriage Equality (SAME) Act, introduced as S. 2305 by Sen. Murray and as H.R. 4664 by Rep. Kind, closes the current gap in Social Security benefits that same-sex couples face by extending full Social Security benefits to legally married same-sex couples, regardless of where they live.
Until now, Social Security benefit applications have been placed on hold for legally married same-sex spouses living in states that do not recognize same-sex marriage. Last week, the Obama administration announced that it is not legally able to extend these benefits to all couples without congressional action to change current law.
“After the death of a loved one, some families are currently going without survivor benefits they have earned,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. “We are saying that discrimination is never right, and we want to be on the right side of history. Same-sex older couples deserve the same rights as other older couples.”
“This legislation has bi-partisan support because it clearly corrects a current injustice,” Fiesta added. “When dealing with the death of a spouse, no one should also face financial discrimination.”
The SAME Act is co-sponsored by several Senators and Representatives, including Reps. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), and Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), who are joining Sen. Murray and Rep. Kind at an event drawing attention to the legislation today; Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO); Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH); and Rep. Illeana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL).
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