As a member-driven organization, AMAC has a responsibility to discuss the issues that matter to mature Americans with elected lawmakers on Capitol Hill. AMAC’s rapid membership growth reflects seniors’ desire for an alternative voice when it comes to their representation in Washington. We are eager to be part of that dialogue, offering practical, member-supported solutions to make America greater. This week, AMAC Vice President of Government Relations, Andrew Mangione, brought the messages of our members directly to the Hill, meeting with staffers in a number of key Congressional offices in both the House and Senate to introduce them to AMAC and to address the issues about which seniors are most concerned.
To most effectively pursue our priorities in Washington, AMAC targeted the offices of House and Senate members in which substantial numbers of AMAC members reside. With entitlement reform playing a more important role in U.S. economic discussions, AMAC used the meetings to focus on Social Security and to communicate our plan for ensuring the security and solvency of the program for retirees and future generations. We also discussed a range of other issues important to AMAC members, including ways to continue to truly reform health care, and how changes in the tax code could impact the strength of private sector investment and retirement options.
AMAC continues to become even more engaged and active in Washington as relationships on and off the Hill are forged and strengthened. The regular communication AMAC has established with Congressional caucuses and leaders makes it possible for us to keep a spotlight on the concerns of older Americans.
Overall, our trip was very successful, with AMAC leadership receiving overwhelmingly positive feedback from the meetings. In fact, our accomplishments on this visit reinforce our commitment to you, to maintain momentum and to keep building upon the gains we’ve made. We remain optimistic about the steps being taken to advance policies on behalf of AMAC members, and we will continue to engage with Congress to advance our cause. As the issues of entitlement and health care reform continue to be a greater part of the critical discussions being held in the Nation’s Capital, AMAC members can be confident that we will continue to champion your interests and concerns with a clear, realistic, and commonsense voice.