U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) today was presented with the Guardian of Seniors' Rights Award from the 60 Plus Association, a nonpartisan advocacy organization dedicated to preserving Social Security and Medicare, keeping prescription drugs affordable, and lowering taxes for seniors. Biggert was recognized for her pro-senior voting record.
"I am very grateful for the support and input of some of our nation's best senior advocates," said Biggert. "With Medicare projected to go bankrupt by 2024 and Social Security facing a similar fate, it's critical that we all work together to preserve these important programs for current and future generations. Seniors understand better than most the importance of preparing now for a better future, and that's the goal we share for America's retirees."
60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin, who founded the organization in 1992, presented the award to Biggert at her office in Willowbrook.
"Congresswoman Biggert has proven to be one of the staunchest allies seniors have in Washington," said Martin. "She can be counted on to preserve Social Security and Medicare. And Rep. Biggert will continue to fight to protect the pocket books of senior citizens and end the wasteful spending of our tax dollars, which has our government now borrowing over 40 cents of every dollar to pay its bills. Seniors have to live within their means and so should our government."
"I'm still singing at concerts, but I'm also singing the praises of Judy Biggert. Seniors can depend on Judy Biggert," said Pat Boone, legendary entertainer and spokesman for the 60 Plus Association, which boasts support from more than 7 million activists.
"Seniors have paid into these programs on the promise of basic health and financial security during retirement," said Biggert. "I've always said that a promise made is a promise kept, and we cannot let the federal government break that promise."
In recent months, Biggert hosted a series of senior town hall meetings, including this week's event at Carmelite in Darien, to discuss her efforts to safeguard Medicare and dispel partisan myths surrounding the issue. Last month, she also hosted a Senior Fair in Bolingbrook to provide seniors with free health screenings, flu shots, and one-on-one help with local, state and federal government agencies.