The Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare both announced today their support for Suzanne Bonamici's campaign for Oregon's First Congressional District. Together, the groups represent more than 7,000 seniors in the First District.
"Suzanne Bonamici is the only candidate in this race who Oregon seniors can trust to protect the promise of Social Security and Medicare. Her opponent, Rob Cornilles, has said he would make cuts to Social Security and Medicare before the defense budget. He supports the Simpson-Bowles proposal, which recommends cuts to Social Security, and has also answered that he wouldn't support prescription drug price negotiation in Medicare, despite estimates that demonstrate it would save more than $200 billion over 10 years. Suzanne will bring the right priorities to Congress and will work hard for Oregon's seniors to ensure that they receive the benefits they have worked a lifetime to earn."
- Steve Weiss, president, Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens PAC
"Our nation needs Suzanne's leadership, vision and determination to fight for working families and older Americans. Suzanne earned the endorsement of the National Committee because she understands and supports the critical roles that Social Security and Medicare play in the retirement and health security of our nation's older citizens and their families. Suzanne is well-prepared to serve the needs of seniors and will make the preservation of Social Security and Medicare a priority in office."
-- Max Richtman, chairman, NCPSSM-PAC Board of Directors
"Putting our financial house in order is a matter of priorities. Seniors didn't cause the financial crash and they should not be penalized for it," Bonamici said. "Social Security and Medicare are more than a promise; they provide our seniors the economic security they rely on every day and, for decades, have represented the values and priorities we hold as a just society."
Rob Cornilles, the Republican candidate, did not fill out the questionnaire for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.
For more information about The Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens, visit: http://www.thirdagepower.org/
For more information on the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, visit: http://www.ncpssm.org/