FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2011
AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560
AARP Initial Statement on Current Debt Ceiling Deal
WASHINGTON—AARP offered the following statement in advance of Congressional action to raise the debt ceiling. AARP is focused on protecting Social Security and Medicare benefits for the millions of beneficiaries who have paid into the systems over their working lives:
“Throughout this debate, AARP has been fighting to prevent any debt ceiling deal from including cuts to Medicare and Social Security benefits. Right now, we are analyzing the impact of the proposed deal on our members and all older Americans. We continue to urge Congress and the President to act on a common-sense solution that will prevent cuts to these vital benefits and ensure that Social Security beneficiaries will receive their checks in a timely manner and that Medicare beneficiaries will not lose access to their health care.”
For more information, please contact AARP Media Relations at (202) 434-2560 or visit www.aarp.org/protectseniors.
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