Senator David Vitter, a Republican from Louisiana, has asked The Seniors Coalition to help recruit cosponsors for his Social Security Lock Box bill, S. 123. TSC is working with the Senator's staff to lobby other Senators, as well as
generate public support for the measure that will protect the Social Security Trust Fund from Congressional raids. As part of the effort, Senator Vitter has written a letter to members of the Coalition and prospective TSC members. TSC members should receive their copy of the letter in the mail very shortly.
"We are very happy that Senator Vitter asked us to work with him on this critical issue," says TSC President and CEO Dr. Joseph Bridges. "TSC has been fighting for lock box legislation since it was founded. I'm glad to see that Senator Vitter is taking the lead on this issue."
In his letter, Vitter specifically asks seniors to become "Citizen Cosponsors" of his legislation by signing petitions to their U.S. Senators. The petitions are to be returned to TSC which will organize them and then report back directly to Vitter's office on the results of the campaign.
"I've asked The Seniors Coalition to help me by coordinating this national petition drive. As the oldest and largest right-of-center advocacy alternative to the liberal AARP, I know The Seniors Coalition has the grassroots clout to help me spread the word widely and encourage more senior citizens to get involved," Vitter writes in his letter. "And that's exactly what I need right now to persuade my 99 other colleagues in the U.S. Senate to get on board with my plan to protect Social Security with a 'Lock Box'."
"This campaign is critical to saving Social Security," explains Bridges. "Senator Vitter understands the problem and is fighting hard to protect the Trust Fund. Every senior citizen in America should rally behind him and support S. 123."
Since 1996, TSC has collected 958,173 petitions in support of lock box legislation. This petition drive is part of Bridges' Million Petition Challenge which aims to collect 1,000,000 petitions.
"There is no reason the American people can't force the Senate to pass this bill," Bridges says. "In 2001, then-Congressman David Vitter supported lock box legislation in the House of Representatives. It passed 407-2 and then died in the Senate. This year, we're taking aim at the Senate and we aren't going to take 'No' for an answer. The Senate must pass this bill."