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.
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!
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."