Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today joined with other Democratic women of the House in calling for a fair agreement to reduce the deficit and strengthen Medicare and Social Security for beneficiaries while doing no harm to the economy. She released the following statement:
"Today, nearly 55 million Americans rely on Social Security, including 214,000 in Hawaii. Forty million seniors are enrolled in Medicare, including 193,000 in Hawaii. These are the most successful anti-poverty and health care programs we have and are vital to women who disproportionately face poverty in old age.
"We can all agree that we need to bring down our deficit. I encourage my colleagues to stay at the table to find a fair solution that gets our economy back on track and creates jobs.
"But today's comments by Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. John Boehner casting doubt on coming to an agreement with President Obama are especially disheartening. It is clear that Sen. McConnell and Rep. Boehner's priority is to protect the wealthiest among us who continue to enjoy loopholes and tax breaks.
"Our families in Hawaii deserve an agreement that isn't done on the backs of seniors and the middle class while the millionaires and billionaires don't pay their fair share."