The Seniors Coalition Presents Congressman Dana Rohrabacher with “The Senior Guardian Medal of Honor” for His Efforts to Save Social Security for More Than 38 Million Senior Citizens
The Seniors Coalition, on behalf of its 2,840,635 members and supporters, presented Congressman Dana Rohrabacher with the coveted Senior Guardian Medal of Honor Award for his introduction of H.R. 1716, the No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act of 2015.
“It was truly a pleasure to sit down with Congressman Rohrabacher and present him with stacks of signed petitions from loyal Seniors Coalition members who are adamant that no Social Security benefits go to those here illegally,” says The Seniors Coalition’s Executive Director Sean Ferritor. “The Social Security Trust Fund has already been raided by the very people that were elected to protect it. Granting law-breaking illegal immigrants Social Security benefits would be the last nail in the coffin.” The Seniors Coalition has collected 954,782 signed petitions from all fifty states against any form of Social Security benefits to illegal aliens.
“Congressman Rohrabacher should be applauded mightily for his efforts to protect Social Security for all American citizens that have paid into the Trust Fund with a lifetime of hard work,” continued Ferritor. “The Seniors Coalition will continue to work with Congressman Rohrabacher and his staff to gain cosponsors for this critical piece of legislation, and commend the Congressman and his staff for the hard work they have put in on an issue that is so vital to senior citizens.”
Your voices have been heard! The Seniors Coalition recently met with Congressman Elliot Engel, of New York, to present your signed petitions supporting Congressman Engel’s Guaranteed 3% CoLA bill, H.R. 1585.
“Congressman Engel could not have been more courteous,” states Executive Director Sean Ferritor. “We met to present Congressman Engel with stacks of petitions gathered by Seniors Coalition members, and discussed how we could work together in the upcoming 114th Congress to ensure a vote on the House floor.”
The Seniors Coalition currently has 253,256 signed petitions in favor of H.R. 1585.
Congressman Kevin Brady’s Death Tax Legislation reached the magic number of 218 cosponsors recently and The Seniors Coalition had a big part in the final push. After a recent hearing on ways to curtail fraud in Social Security, held by Chairman Brady’s Subcommittee on Health, Seniors Coalition’s Executive Director Sean Ferritor had the opportunity to briefly discuss the Congressman’s bill H.R. 2429, The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013.
“After the hearing, I wanted to thank the Congressman for his leadership on a myriad of seniors’ issues and when I mentioned to Chairman Brady that The Seniors Coalition has been tracking members that had signed onto his bill in previous Congresses but not the current one, he immediately asked me to get that information to his staff,” states Executive Director Sean Ferritor. “It was really a no brainer, this isn’t an issue you waiver on from Congress to Congress,” Ferritor continued. Congressman Brady’s bill in the last Congress also garnered enough cosponsors
Executive Director Sean Ferritor (at right) listens in as Chairman Johnson and Acting Social Security Commissioner Carolyn Colvin speak briefly after a hearing on Social Security Fraud in New York City.
The Seniors Coalition and Congress were shocked to learn of another, arguably more abhororent case of American's tax dollars being stolen by fraudulent disability claims. The most recent case involves former firefighters, policemen and even a former FBI employee. Sadly these thieves schemed the Social Security Administration (SSA) out of millions of dollars because they claimed their "disability" was caused as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City. Many had never even worked at Ground Zero.
Yet again, another year goes by and Congress continues to ignore the pressing issue of fixing the flawed Cost of Living Adjustment (CoLA) formula. Now senior citizens are out a stunning $2,954 that is missing from their average Social Security "base amount." This is unacceptable and The Seniors Coalition will continue to press Congress to fix this issue.
Last year, TSC made progress advancing the conversation about CoLA reform. Unfortunately, bigger issues that affect the entire country, like ObamaCare and the Debt Limit battles, drowned out TSC's efforts. "Last year," explains Executive Director Sean Ferritor, "our progress advancing this issue was stifled and side-lined by these bigger issues in Congress. Every member of Congress I spoke with last year promised to look into and tackle the issue of CoLA reform, but I could tell they were busy and were putting the issue onthe back-burner. This year I will hold them to their word."
United States Congressman Sam Johnson, Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, recently held a hearing on Social Security fraud in Puerto Rico. More specifically, the hearing was on a scheme to defraud the Social Security Disability Insurance program out of millions of dollars using an ex-Social Security employee and a couple of rogue doctors.
This past year has been a very productive year for The Seniors Coalition. In addition to expanding our membership and our presence on Capitol Hill, TSC has had an impact on several inside-the-beltway decisions.
The Seniors Coalition was pleased that Congress heeded its advice to include a Cost-of-Living- Adjustment (CoLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in the 2014 budget, even if it was a paltry 1.5% increase. However, Seniors Coalition brass remains dismayed at the fact that Congress still does not realize how important the CoLA is for seniors across the nation. In 2013, TSC worked closely with Congressman Eliot Engel’s staff to garner support for H.R. 1585, The Guaranteed 3% CoLA Act, and continues to work with Congressman Engel in 2014.