National Issues Advocacy

March 30, 2013

Call Congress today and ask them to end the Sequester and restore funding to Maine’s Area Agencies on Aging!  In Maine 28,350 fewer Meals on Wheels will be delivered to shut-in seniors, 20,000 community dining meals will no longer be available, 5,000 fewer people will receive Aging and Disabilities Resource Counseling, 1600 fewer caregivers will receive the support and counseling they need.  Click here for more info.  Find contact info for your Congressional Delegation below.

The Sequester is hitting Maine seniors hard!  With more than $300,000 cuts already implemented to Maine’s core programming, we’re seeing long waiting lists for Meals on Wheels, reduced hours of operation and fewer outreach workers to connect seniors with needed services.  This is only the tip of the iceberg if Sequester stays in place.  Get informed and take action! 

Click here for more info.  As you can see, Congress has not taken a balanced approach to deficit reduction.  Instead, the $2.75 trillion in deficit reduction has occurred since 2010 has come disproportionately from cuts to programs.  Maine’s AAAs have managed to meet steadily increasing demand with flat funding from Congress.  Now, we’ve done what we can to absorb the cuts from Sequester with minimal (but still huge) impact to services.  Congress can act now to turn off Sequester and mitigate the damage done.  But, we need them to act now!  Click here to contact members of our Congressional delegation and ask them to take a balanced approach to deficit reduction and to end Sequester now.

In other news, Some Washington politicians are proposing a budget deal that would change the cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for Social Security and veterans' benefits, cutting Social Security and veterans' benefits by $146 billion over the next ten years. This change to the COLA would mean beneficiaries would lose an entire month’s worth of income over the course of their retirement years. This is especially hurtful to Mainers who often solely rely solely on Social Security. Veterans will get hit twice. Social Security should not be part of a short term budget deal given it hasn’t added one penny to the deficit. Get the facts at www.aarp.org/whatyoulose or click here for the infographic.

Congressional Delegation Contact:

Senator Angus King

188 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20510-1903

Phone: (202) 224-5344
Website:  http://www.king.senate.gov/index.cfm

Senator Susan Collins

413 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510

Phone: (202) 224-2523
Website:  http://collins.senate.gov/public/

Congressman Michael Michaud

1724 Longworth HOB, Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-6306
Website:  https://michaud.house.gov/

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree

1318 Longworth HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515

Phone: (202) 225-6116

Website: http://pingree.house.gov/index.html

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