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Congressman Albio Sires

Representing the 8th District of New Jersey

Seniors

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.

More on Seniors

Jun 14, 2013
This is a very critical time in Congress; student loan interest rates are set to double on July 1st, and Medicare and Social Security are in danger of damaging and unreasonable cuts. As we work to reduce the deficit, we must be careful that we do so wisely while protecting those who cannot afford it. I encourage you to continue reading to learn more about the work I’ve done to address these issues.

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