This past year has been a very productive year for The Seniors Coalition. In addition to expanding our membership and our presence on Capitol Hill, TSC has had an impact on several inside-the-beltway decisions.
The Seniors Coalition was pleased that Congress heeded its advice to include a Cost-of-Living- Adjustment (CoLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in the 2014 budget, even if it was a paltry 1.5% increase. However, Seniors Coalition brass remains dismayed at the fact that Congress still does not realize how important the CoLA is for seniors across the nation. In 2013, TSC worked closely with Congressman Eliot Engel’s staff to garner support for H.R. 1585, The Guaranteed 3% CoLA Act, and continues to work with Congressman Engel in 2014. To date TSC has received 236,019 signed petitions in favor of a guaranteed 3% CoLA from supporters all over the country and expects that number to grow exponentially.
Furthermore, Executive Director Sean Ferritor this past year created great working relationships with other Congressmen and Senators including Senator David Vitter, a strong defender of senior citizens and a good friend of The Seniors Coalition. Senator Vitter is the sponsor of S. 110, The Social Security Lock Box Act of 2013. The Seniors Coalition has been lobbying Congress to pass Lock Box legislation for years, and will continue to work closely with Senator Vitter and his staff in 2014.
The Seniors Coalition is proud to stand with such exemplary public officials as Congressman Engel and Senator Vitter in protecting the retirement security you have earned over a lifetime of hard work.
“While we take a moment to reflect on the many accomplishments of 2013,” states Ferritor, “I know there is still much to be done and I anticipate that 2014 will be one of our most productive years in recent memory.”
The Seniors Coalition is off to a great start in 2014, with one of TSC’s strongest membership drives in our esteemed 25 year history. We will continue to bombard Capitol Hill with signed petitions on the issues that are important to you, such as Lock Box Legislation and a Guaranteed 3% CoLA. Furthermore, TSC will continue to monitor any legislation that could be detrimental to senior citizens as well. “I am very proud of our members,” says Ferritor. “The Seniors Coalition’s members are some of the savviest and tuned in people in this country. The Politicians aren’t pulling the wool over our members’ eyes and frankly after a year in which very little was accomplished on Capitol Hill other than finger pointing, I don’t even know why the politicians keep trying.”
With your support, The Seniors Coalition will do everything in its power to protect your retirement security and will continue to tackle the many legislative issues that are important to you.
--January 23, 2014