October 09, 2020

Retiree Group Endorses Debra Haaland for Re-election to U.S. House

Cites Commitment to Expanding and Protecting Earned Social Security and Medicare Benefits

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Members of the Alliance for Retired Americans announced their endorsement of Debra Haaland for re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District today. The New Mexico Alliance is a grassroots advocacy organization with more than 20,000 members across the state.

““Rep. Haaland has proven that she will always look out for retirees in New Mexico and Washington. She has earned a lifetime 100% pro-retiree score in the Alliance’s annual Congressional Voting Record,” said Dennis Conerty, president of the New Mexico Alliance for Retired Americans. “Our members in her district trust her to keep fighting to expand and protect our hard earned Social Security and Medicare benefits. Rep. Haaland has always been on the front lines working to lower the prices older Americans pay for prescription drugs. We are proud to endorse her.”

Rep. Haaland accepted the endorsement virtually via Zoom, forgoing an in-person event due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has claimed more than 212,000 American lives, 80 percent of whom are over the age of 65. In New Mexico, 894 people have died from the virus and 71% of the deceased were over 65.

“It is an honor to have received an endorsement from the Alliance for Retired Americans,” said Rep. Haaland. “I will continue to work with them and others to fight for what retired Americans need – comprehensive affordable healthcare, expanded Social Security benefits, and protected retirement for economic security.”

Conerty also noted that in 2019 she voted to require Medicare to negotiate lower prices for life-saving prescription drugs that older people rely on and to cap out of pocket health care costs for Medicare beneficiaries at $2,000 per year.

“Now more than ever, it is vital that our representatives in Washington care about older New Mexicans and vote accordingly,” emphasized Conerty. “Voting for the right person is literally a matter of life or death.”

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Contact: Dennis Conerty, newmexicoara@gmail.com

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