AMAC Action On Capitol Hill

AMAC on Capitol Hill 2013: The Year in Review

andrew-mangioneby Andrew Mangione – As the end of the year draws near, we at AMAC are counting our many blessings for how our organization has grown, engaged and made an impact in 2013.  From our outstanding membership surge to the strategic relationships we’ve formed in Washington, D.C., AMAC has exceeded new heights this year and has undeniably established itself as the nation’s preeminent conservative seniors organization.  Leading the charge on the issues that matter most to mature Americans, AMAC has made significant strides as a proponent of smaller government, free markets and fiscal responsibility and continues to fight for the traditional values that have made America exceptional.

This year, AMAC has experienced tremendous membership growth – a sign, we feel, that our mission is resonating with mature Americans across the country.  At the end of October, we surpassed our most impressive, rewarding milestone yet:  1 million active, dues-paying members in all 50 states!  In just 11 months, AMAC doubled its membership and proved to Washington that we’re a dynamic force to be reckoned with.

In fact, the remarkable growth AMAC has seen this year has inspired and fueled our advocacy drive on Capitol Hill.  The numbers of meetings held and bills supported speak to the major accomplishments of the year:  AMAC met with 140 different Congressional offices and was solicited to support 29 pieces of legislation.  Many in Congress now consider AMAC to be a highly valuable legislative resource and a faithful ally in the fight to make America a better place to live, work and retire.  Lawmakers and staffers alike recognize AMAC to be a formidable organization that represents a very important demographic of Americans, and they are glad a viable alternative group has emerged to champion their interests.

Our advocacy efforts this year have been heavily focused on the solvency of Social Security and health care reform and are well documented by the legislation we’ve supported .  Time and time again, our members have expressed their great concern for these issues, causing AMAC to explore the ways we can positively influence the policy discussions taking place at the highest level of government.  As a result, much of AMAC’s advocacy energies have gone toward promoting commonsense, conservative reforms to both Social Security and the American health care system, which continues to undergo radical “government-first” changes because of ObamaCare.

Refusing to be a bystander in the political process, though, AMAC jumped in feet first.  In 2013, AMAC proudly offered lawmakers innovative ideas and responsible solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems.  AMAC developed the “Social Security Guarantee” to give Congress a framework for reform, and the ideas generated in AMAC’s 2012 health care workshops were even presented to the Republican Study Committee as additional support for the “American Health Care Reform Act.”

To maximize the voice of our members on the Hill and the policies they would like to see enacted, AMAC developed and nurtured key partnerships with Congressional committees and caucuses, as well as with prominent Washington think tanks.  AMAC is in regular dialogue with the House GOP Doctors Caucus and the Republican Study Committee on health care-related issues, and our conversations with the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security, the Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute and the National Center for Policy Analysis have strengthened our “Social Security Guarantee.”

We also increased AMAC’s visibility on Capitol Hill through two high profile Congressional receptions.  The first event, held on Valentine’s Day, recognized lawmakers who have made the protection and preservation of Social Security a priority.  These representatives received the “AMAC Guardian Award”.  The second reception honored two legislators who have consistently demonstrated their advocacy for mature Americans throughout their long, distinguished careers.  We were proud to bestow Representative Sam Johnson, (TX-03), and Senator Orrin Hatch, (R-UT), with our organization’s highest honor, the “AMAC Award” this past September.

This year hasn’t been just about what’s happening in Washington, though.  Looking beyond the Beltway, the successful launch of the AMAC Delegate Program was one of the highlights of 2013.  What started in February as a small-scale constituency initiative has transformed into a full-blown grassroots program.  Our 200 delegates have done an incredible job representing AMAC at the State and Local levels. AMAC Delegates made 65 visits to Congressional district offices since May, and coordinated nine AMAC-members-only Town Hall events with Congressmen/women since August!  AMAC delegates continue to go above and beyond the call of duty and their demonstration of patriotism is inspiring.

As AMAC continues to expand our brand and influence, our mission remains clear and our values stand unchanged.  In anticipation of a busy second session of the 113th Congress, AMAC leadership is preparing to return to the Hill and is eager to interface with those in Congress.   Certainly, there is still much work to be done – but thankfully, our members have been guiding and supporting us every step of the way.  The success we’ve enjoyed in 2013 reinforces our unwavering commitment to building our membership and seeing that your interests and concerns are made known to our lawmakers.  You can be confident that AMAC will continue to fight the good fight and work to keep America great!

Legislation Supported in 2013:

Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), H.R. 7, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act”

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Signed on to letter to protect Medicare Advantage

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), S. 1183, “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013”

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX), H.R. 2429, “Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013”

Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), H.R. 3121, “American Health Care Reform Act”

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), S. 1617, “If You Like Your Health Plan you Can Keep It Act”

Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), H.R. 3350, “Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013”

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), H.R. 2753, “Securing Care for Seniors Act”

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), S. 1497, “No Exemption from ObamaCare Act”

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), H.J. Res. 62, “Stability, Security and Fairness Resolution”

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), H.R. 2775, “No Subsidies Without Verification Act”

Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA), H.R. 3090, “Elder Protection and Abuse Prevention Act”

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), H.R. 781, “Medicare Identity Theft Prevention Act of 2013”

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), S. 1270, “Secure Annuities for Employee (SAFE) Retirement Act of 2013”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), S. 1292, “Defund ObamaCare Act of 2013”

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), H.R. 2745, “No Social Security for Illegal Immigrants Act of 2013”

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), H.R. 903, “American Job Protection Act”

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), H.R. 1473, “Standard of Care Protection Act”

Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) & Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), H.R. 2453, “Medicare Beneficiary Preservation of Choice Act of 2013”

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), H.R. 1404, “Medicaid Expansion Repeal and State Flexibility Act”

Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), H.R. 763, “To repeal the annual fee on health insurance providers enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA), H.R. 2682, “Defund ObamaCare Act of 2013”

Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX), H.R. 1502, “The Social Security Disability Insurance and Unemployment Benefits Double Dip Elimination Act of 2013”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), S. 448, “Seniors’ Tax Simplification Act”

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Sent letter in support of his position on the value of paperless statements issued by the Social Security Administration

Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA), H.R. “Letting Insurance Benefit Everyone Regardless of Their Youth (LIBERTY) Act”

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), S. 135, “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), H.R. 61, “Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act”

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), H.R. 38, “Seniors Tax Simplification Act of 2013”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), “Senior Citizens Payroll Tax Reduction Act of 2013”

Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), H.R. 351, “Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2013”

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Laura Jessop
7 years ago

I am finding that dealing with NY state is so much bullshit, that I feel like I am wasting my time….HELP

Kim T. Taylor
7 years ago
Reply to  Laura Jessop

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PaulE
7 years ago
Reply to  Kim T. Taylor

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McGillicutty
7 years ago

“much of AMAC’s advocacy energies have gone toward promoting … conservative reforms to both Social Security and the American health care system” …. AMAC

The only Conservative plan to reform SS and Medicare that I know of is Paul Ryan’s Roadmap plan, which privatizes Social Security and turns Medicare into a voucher system.

Seniors have paid into these benefits their entire working lives and they’ve earned them.
That’s heartless to shift more costs onto the backs of seniors.

HAM
7 years ago

Have a Happy New Year everyone !!

Frank Villar
7 years ago

Is Amac doing something to support the Close Box act. So that congress will not continue to steal from Social Security? God Bless You! Frank

Arthur
7 years ago

So where is the support for H.R.25, the Fair Tax Act? Or does AMAC support the current unjust tax system and the gestapo IRS?

Ben Emison
7 years ago

A good year however we need more growth.I suggest every member try to sign up 2 new members or more .we are competing with an organization hiding their agenda from its members. these blinded members need to be made aware of of this hidden agenda. this is a job for all AMAC menbers to undertake. God Bless

john loughman
7 years ago

AMAC had a good growth year in 2013 and I am proud to be a Delegate to PA18. For 2014 what can we do to counter Carl Rove, Boehner, and the US Chamber backing big gov’t losers and fighting true constitutional conservatives in the primaries and not supporting them in the general election? They need to be fighting the democrat liberals and not their own energized base. How can they be so stupid? Why do they like losing?

PaulE
7 years ago
Reply to  john loughman

Isn’t it pathetic that Boehner and much of the GOP leadership in Congress want to throw out or marginalize the very people who put them in their current positions back in 2010? Without us, they would still be twiddling their thumbs, while the Democrats continued to steamroll one massive bill after another through Congress on a straight party line vote.

As for the Chamber of Commerce, they should sit back and think about where American business would be right now, if conservatives hadn’t come to stop much of the Obama agenda dead in its tracks in 2010. If they think that Obama and his federal agencies have made their lives hell to date, imagine how much more crippling regulations and excessive taxation would have been heaped on America by another three years of unfettered progressive agenda rammed being down the economy’s throat.

“How can they be so stupid?” I’d love to hear someone from AMAC answer this one myself.

“Why do they like losing?” For some truly strange reason, the leadership of the GOP always seems bound and determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Trying to throw out a vital core of the party in favor of weak-kneed RINOs certainly seems to qualify as such. Maybe someone from AMAC can provide us with some incites into this one as well.

Ivan Berry
7 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

The Republican leadership in the House are no more stupid than those of the Democrats. They are all bought and paid for by big Wall St. and big banking and big business. The trade partnerships that are currently in the works–Trans-pacific and Trans- atlantic. These trade pacts are much like that trade pact that eventually created the EU. What started as trade union became political union.

The three “Bigs” above support those who do their bidding. Note, the profits and slush during the recent bail outs went to the enterprises; the losses were covered by the tax payers. They privatized profits and socialezed losses. The people on main street were the losers.

The Chamber of Commerce is run by the same big business functionaries as those lobbying our Congress. There are none working to support small business. Look at the mega farms that supply those mega giants converting a staple food into a fuel substitute–corn into ethenol. Note what they have done to the coal industry and the electric power companies.

What for years appeared to be a conspiracy is now out in the open for anyone willing to take off their blinders. America is now being actively destroyed from within.

The leadership ain’t stupid; they have joined the club: ONE WORLD, or no world at all.

PaulE
7 years ago
Reply to  Ivan Berry

I read your reply several times to try to see where any of this current strategy of marginalizing the conservative wing of the party ends up benefitting the Republicans Party or the Chamber of Commerce. So let me see if I’ve followed your logic correctly:

The Republican leadership is intentionally ticking off the conservative wing of the party, so that they, the Republicans Party, are guaranteed to lose in 2014 and 2016. Any “hope” the Republican leadership may have that by appearing to be more “moderate”, they will attract some Democrat voters, has been and will continue to be nothing more than wishful thinking by the RINOs. That will in turn ensure that Democrats re-take both houses of Congress in 2014 and the Presidency in 2016. As a result, the Republican Party essentially ensures it will become totally and likely permanently irrelevant in Washington in a little more than three years.

Wall Street and the big banks want the Republicans to lose, so there will be more Democrat control of the financial sector. While I agree that Citi would like that, given the fact that they were the only big bank in need of a bailout in 2008 and they’ve been a known “jobs farm” for temporarily out of work Democrat operatives for years, what do the other big firms get out of this result? The amount of regulations will be further increased, their compensation will be further decreased and the industry itself will essentially be ultimately transformed into nothing more than a public utility run by the federal government for the benefit of the federal government. All the “big” Wall Street execs and “big” Bank execs are supposedly fine with this future?

The Chamber of Commerce is so happy with the destructive economic policies of the last five years, that they want to ensure the Republicans lose in 2014 and 2016, so even more economy-killing policies can be showered down on the country from Washington. This will benefit their members how?

By the way, ethanol is more about politics and buying votes in the all-important Presidential primary states, than anything to do with economics. From an economic perspective, no one can defend our current ethanol strategy. A pox on both parties for passing that ludicrous piece of legislation. It needs to be totally repealed, much as Obamacare does.

Finally, are you against all trade pacts or just the two listed? I can’t quite tell from your post. While both trade pacts mentioned need to be substantially improved, so ensure they are truly beneficial to Americans and American workers (not just unions) over the long-term, that is different from saying that all trade pacts are inherently bad. Remember, the protectionism of the 1930s was one of the reasons the depression dragged on so long. One country’s protectionist practices invites reciprocal responses from each of its trading partners. Thus setting off an escalating series of actions and counter actions that damage all economies involved.

Yes, I would agree with you that the EU model, which is based on the socialist (progressive is the term in the United States) philosophy has no place in our form of government. Not if we want to maintain the personal liberties and rights this country was founded upon. That is why we have to elect true fiscally conservative candidates at all levels of government and then systematically start to undo the decades of progressive damage done to this country.

Many of the countries that comprise the EU had already largely adopted many, if not most, of the tenets of socialism as the cornerstone of their own governments before the EU was born. They’re called social democracies for that reason. The EU has just further expanded the ultimate consequence of socialism by making the member nations themselves now nothing more than servants of the unaccountable EU bureaucrats residing in Belgium.

Ivan Berry
7 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

PaulE, I will have to get back to you on this later. We have company coming this evening and it will require a bit of work to respond. As you may realise, most of what I stated contained a form of short-hand and left out explanations.

I will Arcive this posting and try later to answer you in as complete a manner as I can.
No doubt this will involve a more critical thinking on my part, but I don’t mind the effort. I often appreciate your comments and responses. Talk to you later.

and happy new year to all those on this web site.

Penny O.
7 years ago

PaulE, so I’m “assuming” that with the way you state “Unfortunately, I know what the answer is.” that the answer is that none of these found their way to the Senate or made it past Harry Reid. Since I don’t see an answer here from an AMAC Rep., I’m asking you if this is a correct assumption? I know I could research it myself to find the answer, but thought I’d ask yo first, since you did say you know the answer.
Thank you.

PaulE
7 years ago
Reply to  Penny O.

Penny,

None of these legislative items has been passed in the Senate. Either by Harry Reid refusing to bring up the bill for a full floor vote or by Reid ensuring the Democrats can defeat by a pure party line vote. Bottom line, Harry Reid continues his iron-fisted control of the Senate to ensure nothing sponsored by any Republican will ever make it through Congress to the President’s desk.

That is why I asked someone from AMAC to clarify this for its members. From the story, it makes it look like there is a whole host of legislative action in the pipeline, that has a real chance of being enacted sometime soon. While the reality is as long as Harry Reid and the Democrats control the Senate, the type of legislation listed here isn’t going anywhere. Remember, Obamacare was repealed 39 or 40 times by the House and then the bills went to the Senate, where they all died in Reid’s office. That pretty much what’s going on with all this legislation.

I get that part of the reason this story probably ran is to show that the Congressional Republicans, at least some of them anyway, actually listen to AMAC and want to do the right thing. To that extent, this story shows that the various members of Congress listed took the initiative to craft all this legislation. That’s a very good thing! We should all be happy that so many of our representatives in Washington are willing to do their jobs in support of their constituents.

However, until the Republicans hold veto-proof majorities in both houses of Congress, none of these legislative efforts has a chance of becoming law. Not with the make-up on Congress as it stands today. That’s why I ended my post with the last sentence that I did. We all have to work very hard, between now and the 2014 elections, to make that a reality. Then we have to do the exact same thing again in 2016 and every election after that. This is a long-term fight to get this country back on track.

PaulE
7 years ago

Of the list of legislation supported, could you tell us which, if any, actually found it’s way to the Senate and whether Harry Reid allowed any of them to come up for a floor vote? Unfortunately, I know what the answer is. However, it also identifies how truly vital it is for us to gain not only majority control of the Senate in 2014, but veto proof levels as well.

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