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Getting Involved and Taking Action Reaps Rewards

Creating change is not always easy, but when people come together with one, strong voice, the results can be amazing.

AARP members from across the country recently flooded the White House and the halls of Congress with hundreds of thousands of phone calls and letters. Why? Because they wanted to make sure that Social Security and Medicare would be protected from cuts in the August 2nd vote on the nation’s debt ceiling. 557,249 letters were written and 387,018 phone calls were made by AARP members. That’s almost a million voices working as one.

The result, as we know, is that these two vital programs were protected from cuts in that vote. For those Mainers who took the time to write or call their senators and members of Congress, we at AARP Maine thank you. No doubt your hard work played a critical role. In fact, AARP collected and delivered to our members of Congress 9,446 petitions signed by Mainers from across the state.

Writing letters and making phone calls to your representatives about the issues that matter to you does make a difference. This is the public’s part in the legislative process and we hope you will continue to make your voices heard.

The fight to protect Social Security and Medicare is not yet over. In the months ahead, AARP Maine will work with you to send a clear message to Congress that Social Security and Medicare must be strengthened, not cut.

Here in Maine, our own Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe voted in favor of what is being called the “debt deal.” In an August 2nd article in The Portland Press Herald, both Senators voiced concern over the next steps in the plan. AARP Maine will remain vigilant in our efforts to ensure the protection of Social Security and Medicare. We hope our 230,000 members in the Pine Tree State will also continue to push all of our elected representatives to work together in the spirit of bi-partisanship to strengthen health and retirement security for current and future generations.

If you would like to share what Social Security and Medicare mean to you, use the following websites to get in touch with your federal representatives:

Registering to vote is another important way to take action. If you would like more information on who can vote, how you can register to vote, or where you go to vote you can visit the Maine Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions.

Part of AARP’s mission is to keep our members informed of where we stand on the issues that affect those 50+. As a reminder, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.

Thank you again for all your hard work.

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