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Rep. Johnson Receives 100% Score for Protecting Senior Citizens

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) received a 100 percent score from the Alliance for Retired Americans, who released their Congressional Voting Record for the 112th Congress in May.

The Alliance for Retired Americans, a national organization made up of 4 million members, works to guarantee social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens. The group primarily focuses on retired union members, senior citizens and community activists to advocate for its members.

"Medicare and Social Security are essential safety net programs for all seniors," said Johnson. "I will always support them with every fiber of my being."

Every year, the Alliance issues a voting record of all 535 members of Congress and gives each member a score based on their votes. The record released this year monitored Congress's Second Session, from January 2012 to January 2013.

"This Voting Record reflects how committed our elected representatives are to retirees and older Americans," president of the Alliance Barbara J. Easterling wrote in an introductory letter.

Rep. Johnson, along with 154 other representatives, received the highest score possible of 100 percent, voting on each piece of legislation exactly as the Alliance for Retired Americans perceived to be in the best interests of his senior and retired constituents. The Alliance also gave him a lifetime score of 100 percent, recognizing his consistency in voting to protect senior citizens over his entire Congressional tenure.

He voted against repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Medicare privatization, limiting victims' rights, senior program cuts and skewed tax rates, and he voted in favor fair tax rates and disclosing the names of donors who give more than $10,000 to political programming.

According to Easterling, the voting record is intended to educate the public about where there members stand and encourage protection of seniors' rights.

"Higher scores on the voting record reflect a commitment to protect seniors and ask the wealthiest American people and corporations to pay their fair share," Easterling said.

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