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Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter will delivered remarks at the 3rd Biennial New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans Conference in Hooksett.

Recently, there have been a number of proposals to balance the budget on the backs of American seniors by making dramatic changes to vital programs such as Social Security and Medicare. In her remarks, Shea-Porter discussed her steadfast commitment to ensuring that Social Security and Medicare remain intact and continue to provide the benefits seniors have earned through a lifetime of hard work.

For six in 10 New Hampshire residents who are 65 and older, Social Security makes up 50 percent or more of their income. Shea-Porter is an original cosponsor of the Strengthening Social Security Act, legislation that would make Social Security stronger and extend its solvency to 2049. This year, House Republicans passed a budget that would have eliminated the Medicare guarantee for seniors. Under the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is stronger for all recipients, and 12,400 Granite State seniors are paying less for prescription drugs.

Congresswoman Shea-Porter discussed the growing problems in Washington D.C.   She gave details of what is happening and the gridlock it has become.

The New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans (NH-ARA) represents over 13,000 seniors in New Hampshire.  After the event the newly elected President of the NH-ARA, Lucy Edwards sent this statement to the NH Labor News:

“It was a pleasure to have Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter speak at the 2013 Conference of the New Hampshire Alliance for Retired Americans today.  As always, she was forthright about the issues we face in our country.  I was glad, but not surprised, to hear her support Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid as essentials in the safety net for senior citizens, and to hear her not only reject changes that would cut benefits, but offer support for measures to improve Social Security.  

I have personally been very grateful to her for making sure that a fix to the Medicare D "donut hole" was included in the Affordable Care Act. That provision has made living on a limited income in retirement much more manageable for my husband and me. Congresswoman Shea-Porter is a great friend to seniors in New Hampshire and across the country.”

Originally posted to The New Hampshire Labor News on Sat Oct 19, 2013 at 07:12 AM PDT.

Also republished by Take New Hampshire Forward!.

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