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AARP Ramps Up Grassroots, Advertising in Opposition to Fast Track Debt Commission

January 26, 2010
AARP Media Relations,, (202) 434-2560


Association engages members and volunteers to help protect Social Security, Medicare benefits from arbitrary cuts

WASHINGTON, DC – AARP this week launched its latest paid advertising and grassroots efforts to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits from a proposed fast-track debt commission that is expected to come up for a vote today in the U.S. Senate. The association is calling on the senate to reject a debt task force proposal by Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg.

The association is running newspaper advertisements in targeted Capitol Hill newspapers, as well as reaching out to millions of AARP volunteers.

“AARP members care deeply about making sure that Social Security and Medicare are there for our kids and grandkids,” said executive vice president Nancy LeaMond. “We are committed to supporting balanced and responsible approaches to reducing the nation’s debt, but we remain strongly opposed to a proposal that would target Social Security and Medicare as piggy banks for arbitrary debt reduction.”

AARP has sent emails to volunteers across the country and is prepared to follow up with phone calls.

“Social Security and Medicare serve as a lifeline for millions of older Americans,” added LeaMond. “And they should not be put at risk by a fast-track process. Americans deserve a full public debate on the fundamental challenges facing our nation by accountable, elected Members of Congress.”

“We are taking our message directly into the halls of Congress, and we’re engaging millions of our volunteers to do the same,” added LeaMond.

For a copy of the ad or for more information, please contact AARP Media Relations at 202-434-2560, or visit

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.5 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s nearly 40 million members and Americans 50+; AARP Segunda Juventud, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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