May 16, 2019

Retirees Mark Older Americans Month with Release of Voting Record


Report Shows Which Senators and Members of Congress Voted to Protect Retirement Security in 2018

Washington, DC – The Alliance for Retired Americans today released its 2018 Congressional Voting Record which scores each U.S. Senator and Representative on critical retirement security issues.

“Most politicians say they care about seniors on the campaign trail, but our Voting Record shows whether they keep the needs of retirees front and center after they are elected,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance. “The Voting Record will help our 4.4 million members and all voters hold all elected officials accountable for the votes they take.”

The annual report, which comes during Older Americans Month, reviewed 10 key Senate and House votes affecting the health and well-being of retirees. It includes votes affecting Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, prescription drug prices, election security, protections for the disabled, and tax cuts that disproportionately harm seniors.

Forty-two members of the U.S. Senate and 123 members of the U.S. House of Representatives achieved perfect scores of 100% in 2018. Twelve members of Congress who received a score of zero for their votes in 2018 are no longer in Congress.

“The last Congress took little action to ensure retirement security for all Americans,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. “Retirees, who vote in the greatest numbers, helped elect a new majority to the U.S. House. Retirees will be watching to see if pro-retiree policies are championed with a new party in the majority.”

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Contact: David Blank, dblank@retiredamericans.org

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