I work every day to support seniors and to ensure the strength and long-term solvency of Medicare and Social Security. Since their inception, the Medicare and Social Security programs have assisted seniors with the costs of health care and living. Americans rely on these programs not only for their health and long term care, but also for everyday expenses. Americans have paid into the system their entire lives anticipating that once they retire, they will be guaranteed the benefits they rightfully deserve. While we must work to increase the efficiency of Medicare and Social Security, we cannot abandon our commitment to those who currently rely on them. I strongly oppose proposals to raise out-of-pocket costs or cut benefits for Medicare and Medicaid or proposals that would reduce Social Security benefits. For more information on the Medicare and Social Security programs please visit: www.medicare.gov and www.socialsecurity.gov.
However, Medicare has recently come under attack as the GOP Tax Plan woul target the millions of seniors that rely on Medicare to help cover medical care and every day expenses by adding $2 trillion to the national debt at their expense. Additionally, the GOP Budget would slash half a trillion dollars from Medicare.
I have continuously fought to preserve Medicare and Social Security, and supported proposals to make the programs solvent for future generations, which is why I have cosponsored H.R. 1902, the Social Security 2100 Act. This legislation would improve Social Security benefits with a modest increase, a more accurate cost of living formula, and a tax cut for over 10 million beneficiaries that is estimated to keep the system solvent beyond the next 75 years.
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This week, the 116th Congress opened session in Washington, D.C., marking a return of control of the House of Representatives to the Democrats. The first order of business was to end the partial government shutdown and provide stability for hundreds of thousands of federal employees. A number of other legislative issues were addressed and I was proud to swear-in a former legislative aide to the Morris Township Committee.
I advocated on behalf of the people of the 8th District this week by attending several important hearings, meeting with government officials and foreign diplomats, and cosponsoring important legislation.
It was a busy week in New Jersey and in Washington with events in the 8th District, meetings with groups from New Jersey, and committee hearings.
This week in Washington, I participated in a Western Hemisphere Subcommittee hearing, attended a Joint Session of Congress, met with a foreign ambassador, discussed important topics with several constituent groups, and voted on important pieces of legislation.
(Washington, D.C.) - Yesterday, Congressman Sires voted against the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Republican Budget Resolution (H.Con.Res. 27) submitted by Representative Tom Price (R-GA) because of its misplaced priorities. The Republican budget ends the Medicare guarantee, repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and guts investments in education and infrastructure.