This month The Seniors Coalition is preparing to deliver 232,333 petition signatures supporting Social Security CoLA reform to the office of U.S. Representative Eliot Engel, who is sponsoring a measure to guarantee senior citizens an automatic 3% annual CoLA. The signatures were gathered as part of TSC's ongoing CoLA reform campaign.
"We support H.R. 1585 because this bill is the best way to finally get the Social Security CoLA fixed and to make sure retirees get a fair CoLA," says Executive Director Sean Ferritor, who plans to personally deliver the petitions. "These petitions came directly from TSC supporters who are fed up with the federal government playing games with their benefits."
During the Obama Administration Social Security CoLAs have been either scaled back or eliminated entirely sparking a massive backlash from senior citizens. "The price of goods and services that seniors regularly pay for has been going up, but CoLAs haven't been keeping pace," Ferritor explains. "That's why CoLA reform is one of our most important issues."
Ferritor has been working with Congressman Engel's staff to push this bill forward. Engel is a Demo¬crat but has been very helpful and enthusiastic about working with TSC. "The Seniors Coalition is not a partisan group. Our job is to represent senior citizens. We don't care who proposes good legislation. If you are trying to help seniors, we're behind you," he says.
The CoLA petition campaign is part of TSC President and CEO Dr. Joseph Bridges' million petition challenge. Dr. Bridges wants Coali¬tion supporters to help the organi¬zation collect one million petitions like the 232,333 being delivered next month. "I am thrilled that so many of our supporters are partici¬pating in this campaign," Bridges said recently. "No other seniors group in the nation is working this issue as hard or as efficiently. If we can keep the heat on Congress, we'll get CoLA reform and Amer¬ica's senior citizens will be able to rest much easier."