Assemblywoman Grace Meng and former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman discussed key issues, including Medicare and Social Security, at the Clearview Selfhelp Senior Center in Bayside.
Former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman, who served in the office from 1986 to 2002, remarked: "We can never balance the federal budget on the backs of our seniors. Seniors are rightly worried these days about important programs like Medicare and Social Security being harmed by misguided polices coming out Washington, D.C. We need a Congress that is working for us, not against us. I know that Grace Meng can be trusted to stand with seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors as we fight against misguided and dangerous attacks on these vital entitlements. "
Assemblywoman Meng stated: "Our seniors have worked hard raising families, serving our country, and building strong businesses and communities. Too many in Washington, shamefully turn their backs on these neighborhood-builders in their retirement."
"Medicare is not just another government program; it's a commitment by our country to its most respected citizens. Social Security stands separate as a priority of the highest order. Preserving these vital entitlements is non-negotiable. As a member of Congress, I'll fight to ensure they are not played as bargaining chips as we work to get our country's fiscal house in order, reduce our national debt and close the deficit," continued Meng.
"Draconian scare tactics must be squashed. We can continue to fully fund Social Security and Medicare in the long-term by reforming the tax code to capture lost revenue sources, repealing the Bush-era tax cuts for millionaires, reducing subsidies for big oil corporations, and promoting job growth."Assemblywoman Meng is running for Congress in the newly drawn 6th Congressional District.
She is a graduate of Stuyvesant High School, has a B.A. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Meng has earned the endorsements of Congressman Joe Crowley and the Queens County Democratic Organization, Emily's List, Hotel Trades Council, Teamsters Local # 812, UFCW Local 1500, Sanitation Officers Association, ATU Local 1056, and many elected officials and community leaders throughout the borough.