The Conservative Political Action Conference has once again come and gone, but thanks to your support, your voice was heard. Conservative leaders and grassroots activists gathered at Washington D.C.’s National Harbor to discuss the future of the conservative movement and share strategies for the remainder of the 114th Congress.
“I met so many people at this year’s event who had such incredible passion for our great nation,” says National Director Carole Rhodes. “We were able to spend time in the exhibition hall meeting with like-minded groups that are working to protect senior citizens from the continued attacks on Social Security and Medicare from the Obama Administration.”
The National Seniors Council legislative team is busy reaching out to the great contacts that were made at this year’s event. Thank you for all that you have done to promote our program and mission.
The National Seniors Council, on behalf of its 122,117 members and supporters, is proud to announce that Carole Rhodes will immediately assume the duties of National Director and lead a new generation of senior citizens in the battle to protect what you have earned through a lifetime of hard work.
“I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Mr. Crone, and can’t thank him enough for all the work he’s done to promote and protect the rights of senior citizens,” states Rhodes. “I look forward to continuing the fight on Capitol Hill for our members and supporters that are counting on the National Seniors Council to make sure their voices are heard loud and clear,” continued Rhodes.
The National Seniors Council would like to publicly thank Mr. Crone for his great leadership as National Director of the National Seniors Council, and wish him well in his future endeavors. At the same time, we are excited to welcome Carole Rhodes to our leadership team and look forward to working together to protect Social Security and Medicare for all senior citizens.
U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) accepts the Senior Lifesaver Award from National Seniors Council (NSC) executive Carole Rhodes (right) in the Congressman’s Capitol Hill office on July 29, 2015, in Washington, D.C. NSC bestowed the award on behalf of its 121,316 supporters nationwide, in appreciation for the Congressman’s introduction of H.R. 603, legislation that would preserve the Social Security system for more than 38 million Senior Citizens.
The National Seniors Council, on behalf of its 121,136 members and supporters, presented Congressman Marsha Blackburn with the coveted Senior Lifesaver Award for her introduction of H.R. 603, the Savings for Seniors Act of 2015.
“The federal government and Congress must stop spending your money from the Social Security Trust Funds,” states Congressman Blackburn. “The federal government takes right of first refusal on your pay check. You should get your money with interest back. We must protect our promise to America’s seniors and near seniors,” continued Congressman Blackburn. “I am thankful for the good work done by the National Seniors Council to fulfill that promise and am humbled to receive this honor.”
The Savings for Seniors Act of 2015 would form a commission composed of members from minority and majority parties in both the Senate and the House of Representatives with extensive experience and training in financial investment and pension benefits. This commission will be tasked with deciphering the best use for the excess money left in the Social Security Trust Fund, leaving the excess Social Security funds to experts who are well versed in this field.
“It was truly a pleasure to sit down with Congressman Blackburn and discuss her legislation aimed at saving Social Security for more than 38 million senior citizens in America,” says National Seniors Council executive Carole Rhodes. “Congressman Blackburn’s efforts to create a new and innovative way of protecting the future for senior citizens in all fifty states should be applauded mightily.” The National Seniors Council will continue to work actively on Capitol Hill to garner cosponsors for H.R. 603, and ultimate passage in the House of Representatives.
H.R. 603 will amend title II of the Social Security Act to establish a Social Security Surplus Protection Account in the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund to hold the Social Security surplus, to provide the suspension of investment of amounts held in the Account until enactment of legislation providing for investment of the Trust Fund in investment vehicles other than obligations of the United States, and to establish a Social Security Investment Commission to make recommendations for alternative forms of investment of the Social Security surplus in the Trust Fund.
The National Seniors Council recently attended a hearing on the rising prices of generic drugs in America, held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging.
“I was really alarmed at some of the testimony we heard at this hearing,” stated National Director Rob Crone. “In some instances prices for generic drugs have risen 500% in cost,” continued Crone. “These are drugs that seniors rely on to survive, literally. It’s going to be a big issue during the 114th Congress, and I know from speaking with our members that this is a battle they want the National Seniors Council to fight on their behalf.”
The outgoing Subcommittee Chairman, Senator Bernie Sanders, chaired the hearing and was very critical of the pharmaceutical industry. A panel of drug representatives and senior citizens testified for nearly two hours over what exactly Congress can do to alleviate the financial squeeze senior citizens on Social Security are feeling.
“The first thing that has to be done about generic drugs is to mandate that generic drug makers extend rebates to Medicare if the prices rise faster than the rate of inflation,” says Crone. “Senior citizens are facing tough decisions: food and electricity, or life-saving medication.”