AARP Arizona volunteers delivered thousands of petitions from AARP members and local constituents to the district offices of Arizona’s members of Congress in late July calling on them to not cut Social Security and Medicare benefits as part of any deal to reduce the nation’s deficit.
AARP nationwide delivered the petitions in an effort to take Social Security and Medicare benefits off the table for any deficit negotiations that were happening on Capitol Hill.
"Social Security and Medicare are critical to the health and retirement security of thousands of Arizonans today and in the future,” said AARP Arizona State Director David Mitchell.
Nearly 4.5 million petitions were signed across the country and delivered to Congress in July. In Arizona, over 27,000 petitions were delivered to Arizona Senators Jon Kyl and John McCain. In addition, each Arizona congressional representative received petitions from constituents in their own districts:
- Rep. Paul Gosar: 3853 petitions
- Rep. Trent Franks: 5740 petitions
- Rep. Ben Quayle: 2753 petitions
- Rep. Ed Pastor: 1084 petitions
- Rep. David Schweikert: 2586 petitions
- Rep. Jeff Flake: 3643 petitions
- Rep. Raul Grijalva: 2309 petitions
- Rep. Gabriella Giffords: 4810 petitions
- Rep. John McCain: 27,322 petitions
- Rep. Jon Kyl: 27,322 petitions