email from the Sestak campaign, 1/15/10
As Hubert H. Humphrey wisely said, a fundamental part of the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those “who are in in the twilight of life, the elderly.” Joe Sestak has made seniors a priority in Congress, taking the lead on legislation to benefit their economic, health and community security, and prevent abuse that has become all too common.
Following horror stories of abuse in his District, including one gentleman with Alzheimer’s who was beaten with a belt buckle, Joe authored the Elder Abuse Victims Act, which was the first on the subject to pass the House in 17 years. It was hailed by the National Coordinator of the non-partisan 564-member Elder Justice Coalition as “the most significant vote specifically on elder justice ever taken in the House.”
Responding to seniors seeking learning opportunities and more community involvement, Joe introduced and passed the Silver Scholarship Program, now signed into law, to provide senior volunteers with educational scholarships.
With seniors representing one group in particular financial distress during the economic downturn, Joe put forth legislation to secure retirement savings. His proposal, which passed a year ago and has been reintroduced this session, removes requirements for seniors to withdraw savings and allows those savings to regain value as the market improves.
In three decades as a Republican Senator, Arlen Specter has voted against protecting seniors’ security, even preferring Bush Administration tax cuts — 53 percent of which went to the wealthiest one percent — over establishing a fund to better sustain Social Security. In addition, Specter voted to:
Privatize Social Security, putting retirement savings at risk based on the volatility of the market;
Cut projected Medicare spending by $270 billion over seven years in order to pay for a $245 billion tax cut that would mainly benefit the wealthy and special interests; and
Block an amendment to extend the Age Discrimination Act.
Contrast those votes with Joe’s record of opposing privatization of Social Security, co-sponsoring legislation to lower Medicare Prescription Drug Prices, and introducing and passing the Patient Safety and Abuse Prevention Act. It is no wonder that the Alliance for Retired Americans has given Joe a 95 percent lifetime score as opposed to 39 percent for Specter. As demonstrated by his accomplishments to date, Joe believes it is our government’s responsibility to enhance seniors’ health security, while also ensuring their economic and community security.
Click here to learn more about the records of Joe Sestak’s and Arlen Specter’s approaches to seniors’ security.
To see the sharp contrast between the records of Joe Sestak and Arlen Specter on, restoring our economy, supporting our workers, serving our Veterans, gender equality, education, and protecting our environment, visit http://joesestak.com/contrast.