SHAHEEN HOSTS NEW HAMPSHIRE AARP PRESIDENT ON CAPITOL HILL

During Roundtable Discussion, Shaheen Pledges to Protect and Strengthen Social Security and Medicare

November 06, 2013

(Washington, DC) ­– U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said this morning at a Capitol Hill roundtable on aging that Washington must keep its promise to seniors by preserving and strengthening critical programs like Medicare and Social Security. Shaheen hosted AARP New Hampshire State President Dick Chevrefils at this morning’s discussion, hosted by the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee, that focused on retirement security and policies impacting seniors.

“We need to protect and strengthen vital programs like Social Security and Medicare so Granite Staters who have worked hard throughout their lives can have the retirement security they have earned,” Shaheen said.

Shaheen added, “New Hampshire has a growing senior population that’s aging faster than any other New England state, and AARP New Hampshire has been a tremendous advocate for them. I plan to continue supporting their efforts on behalf of our seniors.”

Shaheen has repeatedly opposed devastating cuts to Medicare that could cause seniors’ health costs to double. Earlier this year she voted for a bipartisan Senate budget resolution that would rein in the country’s debt and deficit while protecting vital programs to seniors.  Shaheen also joined bipartisan efforts to maintain robust funding levels for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that provides crucial support to Granite State families and seniors struggling to pay their home heating bills.