Voting Record

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In 2013 we saw a new Congress come to Washington. Unfortunately, it continued the unproductive ways of the previous one. Using several measures of analysis, the First Session of the 113th Congress was the least productive congressional session in memory. It enacyed just 55 substantive pieces of legislation, the fewest in decades. The house Speaker suggested that Congress should be judged on how many laws it repeals. In fact, it repealed none, which in itself would count as a substantive legislation.

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In 2012 we saw the most unproductive Congress in modern American history finally come to an end, passing fewer than 250 bills in two years. In just 2012 alone, bipartisan consensus legislation on issues such as farm programs and violence against women languished and went uncompleted. The House even refused to vote on needed relief to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Yet, it voted repeatedly to repeal the Affordable Care Act, even after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on its constitutionality.

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2011 brought a new Congress to Washington. Almost immediately, many went to work on attacking our core retiree programs, Social Security and Medicare. In addition to congressional actions, these programs came under scrutiny early in the year by the national Fiscal Commission. Although it was unable to reach final recommendations, a majority of the commission supported a plan that would cut the Social Security COLA, raise the retirement age, and make seniors pay more for Medicare benefits.

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In 2010 the nation continued to see economic and fiscal challenges the likes of which had not been seen in decades. Retirees faced these hardships as well. While the economy began a slow recovery, unemployment remained high. We also celebrated the 75th anniversary of Social Security and 45th anniversary of Medicare, vivid reminders that even during times of economic hardship these two vital programs have remained strong, delivering the guaranteed benefits for which retirees worked hard.

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In 2009 the nation saw unprecedented economic and fiscal challenges the likes of which had not been seen in decades. The economy slowed dramatically and shed jobs at alarming rates. Many retirees saw their retirement security put in serious jeopardy. Millions saw their home values, personal savings and retirement accounts plummet. A new administration came to Washington in the midst of this turmoil.

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2008 brought dramatic change to Washington.  Key retiree issues included whether to privatize Social Security, continue the wasteful subsidies under Medicare Advantage, and allow the continuance of the confusing Medicare Part D prescription drug program without the ability to negotiate for lower drug prices.  Voters responded and the result was increased majorities in Congress and a major change in the White House.

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2007 brought a new Congress to Washington. The great wave of voter discontent in 2006 led by retirees, who vote in the greatest numbers, elected new majorities to both houses of Congress. For retirees and older Americans, the threats of Social Security privatization, the fallout from the confusing Medicare Part D prescription program, and a tax system skewed toward the wealthiest Americans all contributed to the change in Congress.