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Members send millions of Petitions to
Want Washington to Oppose any Budget Deal
that Cuts Social Security and Medicare
November 16, 2011 -- AARP says that it has
collected more than 6.5 million petitions
urging members of Congress not to cut Social
Security and Medicare benefits for deficit
AARP staff and volunteers will deliver
petitions, signed by individuals who
oppose any budget deal that cuts the
benefits they worked for, directly to
members of Congress this week as part of
an ongoing effort to communicate the
need to protect Social Security
"With a typical income of less than $20,000,
older Americans today rely on Medicare and
Social Security," said Bob Gallo, AARP
Illinois State Director. "Our members are
very concerned about potential cuts to these
lifeline programs, and they're calling on
their Senators and Representatives to look
beyond the numbers and protect the people
who have earned and need these benefits."
The text of the petition sent to Senators
and Representatives follows:
"As one of your constituents and as a member
of AARP, I urge you to oppose any budget
deal that cuts Social Security and Medicare
benefits to reduce the federal deficit.
Instead of cutting the benefits I worked
for, Congress should be cutting waste and
closing tax loopholes. I worked my entire
life and paid into the system so I'd have a
guaranteed source of income and health
coverage when I retired. Congress needs to
make responsible decisions to reduce our
nation's deficit, but they can do so without
harming the health and economic security of
seniors and future retirees."
For more information about the petition and
to see many of the millions of people who
signed petitions, please visit: www.aarp.org/protectseniors.
An interactive map tracking grassroots
actions can also be accessed here: action.aarp.org/map.
"With time running down on the
supercommittee's deliberations, we're taking
every opportunity to make our members'
voices heard and their message is simple:
don't cut Social Security and Medicare
benefits to fix the deficit," Gallo added.