The 115th Congress has convened and with that comes great hope among senior citizens. President Trump has already signaled the intention to “leave Social Security alone” while at the same time easing taxation on Social Security benefits with his proposed tax-code.
“I think with the way seniors have been treated over the last 8 years by the former administration, not getting a raise in their benefits for three of the last 8 years, this is a great first step,” states President and CEO Dr. Joe Bridges. “A large portion of seniors rely solely on Social Security for their survival. I applaud President Trump’s intentions and will work hard to help his administration to end the financial squeeze seniors have been facing.”
Your constant participation in our national surveys and petition drives will continue to be the catalyst for our success on Capitol Hill. Your continued participation throughout the entirety of the 115th Congress is critical. Together, we can make a big difference in the lives of all senior citizens. Thank you for all that you do to help advance our program and mission.
Once again, Seniors Coalition members and supporters have accepted the challenge and are ready to fight tooth and nail to protect Social Security and Medicare from an administration that seems dead-set on its continual attacks on Social Security and Medicare. This year’s Senior Citizens Census proves without a doubt that our members and supporters are sick and tired of being treated like second class citizens and are willing to engage in the fight of a lifetime.
“Our President has been unabashed in his rhetoric aimed at scaring senior citizens,” stated President and CEO Joseph Bridges. “The fact that he would actually go on national television and state, “I can't guarantee that those checks go out on August 3rd if we haven't resolved this issue” is not only a blatant scare tactic, but unbelievably counterproductive,” continued Bridges. “What we need in this country is leadership, not fear mongering to achieve your selfish spending binges at the expense of senior citizens.”
The Seniors Coalition wants to thank all that participated in this year’s Senior Citizens Census. Your continued participation and support are critical in our battle to protect the benefits you were promised for a lifetime of hard work. Thank You!
Do you meet periodically with like-minded seniors to discuss politics and the direction that our great country is heading? If so, we want to highlight your group in an upcoming edition of The Senior Class newsletter.
“We have been attending some local meetings put together and held by local seniors and have learned so much about the real concerns seniors have in today’s America,” states Executive Director Sean Ferritor. “We thought it would be a great opportunity to call out to our members and supporters and ask them to send us their story to be shared with their peers,” continued Ferritor. “From what I have seen locally, I am sure our members and supporters will flood our mailbox with pictures and stories from their own meetings.”
Please send your story with pictures to Seniors Coalition Headquarters at 1250 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 200, Washington, DC 20036. You can also contact us directly if you have questions by calling 202-261-3594.
Seniors Coalition Executive Director Sean Ferritor recently sat down with Capital area Seniors Coalition members and supporters to hear firsthand the issues and concerns that are most important moving ahead into the 115th session of Congress.
“What a pleasure it was to sit down with our members and supporters and discuss the biggest issues facing seniors today,” states Ferritor. “Social Security was surely at the top of the agenda, and for many seniors the key to survival,” continued Ferritor. “That’s why the Seniors Coalition is fighting so hard for the enactment of a Lock-Box on the Social Security Trust Fund to protect it from continued Congressional raids.”
The Seniors Coalition will continue to reach out to local members and supporters and have several trips to Capitol Hill planned before the end of the 114th Congress. If you will be visiting the Washington, D.C. area in the future and would like to get involved with our grassroots lobbying effort, contact our offices directly at 202-261-3594.
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
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