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Member Activism Keeps Program Cuts at Bay

Battle to Protect Social Security and Medicare Not Over

More than fifteen thousand Nevadans responded to our call for help letting Members of Congress know that Social Security and Medicare should not be cut in an effort to pay the nation’s bills. Another 6,600 participated in our Telephone town hall discussing member concerns about the proposed cuts.

But the challenge has only begun as Congress’ “super committee” begins the work of identifying $1.5 trillion in Federal budget cuts over the next 10 years.

AARP’s CEO, Barry Rand had this to say after the nomination of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, “Seniors have worked their entire lives to achieve a level of health and economic security in retirement. With the compounded effect of loss of retirement savings – particularly through the recent market fluctuations over the last two weeks – and home equity, high unemployment and rising health care costs, cuts to the benefits seniors have earned could undermine the standard of living today and for future middle class generations... We look forward to working with our elected leaders to strengthen health and retirement security, not weaken it, for current and future generations.”
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