by Andrew Mangione
Coming off an action-packed week in Washington, D.C., AMAC has a number of positive items to report to our 1.2 million members across the country.
First, AMAC continues to conduct face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staffs. Over the course of four days last week, AMAC met with 15 different congressional offices. Several of these meetings served as introductions of our organization to Capitol Hill staffers, while others focused on reengaging with offices on behalf of shared goals and mutual concerns. These meetings continue to prove valuable, with offices soliciting AMAC for support of specific pieces of legislation and requesting AMAC members-only Town Hall meetings back home in their districts.
In one meeting last week, Representative Kevin Cramer’s (R-ND) office was able to hear firsthand from an AMAC member who resides in his district. While in D.C. for a business conference, AMAC Delegate Jerry Youngberg accompanied AMAC leadership to the Hill for an introductory meeting. Jerry proudly communicated his reasons for joining AMAC – a true member-driven organization – and underscored the fundamental need for a conservative senior advocacy group. Having Jerry present at our meeting enabled Rep. Cramer’s staff to learn about AMAC from a unique constituent perspective and helped give a voice to the 3,000+ AMAC members in North Dakota. As an AMAC Delegate, Jerry will continue to meet with Rep. Cramer’s District office on a regular basis.
In many of our meetings, AMAC leadership was encouraged to hear from congressional staffers who remain concerned about the issues of importance to AMAC members – particularly the solvency of Social Security and Medicare and ObamaCare. Members of Congress are keenly aware of the significant impacts these programs have on older Americans, and many are eager to act to protect Federal legacy programs and to minimize the harm that ObamaCare is inflicting on individuals and other programs, such as Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Home Health Care. These pressing issues continue to dominate policy discussions at the Federal level because of the widespread impact they have on individuals at the local level. Members of Congress are constantly looking for new ideas and innovative solutions to the problems facing society today, and AMAC is proud to be able to expose elected leaders to our member-derived solutions, like the Social Security Guarantee.
As the preeminent conservative senior advocacy organization, AMAC provides a much-needed alternative voice for so many across the country. AMAC’s steady membership growth continues to empower our advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and to demonstrate the ways in which we can mobilize our members to effect change in Washington. Recently, AMAC members took part in a call-to-action campaign to prevent the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from over-regulating Medicare Part D and reducing choice for seniors. Thanks to the calls of thousands of AMAC members to their congressional leaders, CMS decided to table the regulations. AMAC – along with several other prominent stakeholder groups – was able to claim victory for Part D and our members and to exhibit the force behind the AMAC membership. We look forward to engaging our members in future campaigns.
This week, you can expect AMAC to be fully engaged in the events taking place on Capitol Hill – with both the House of Representatives and the Senate in session. AMAC will be attending a number of pertinent hearings taking place that pertain to mature Americans and seniors and offer additional insight into how Congress plans to address these issues. Additionally, AMAC will be closely monitoring the six primary elections on Tuesday, May 20, that promise to energize the midterm election races. As AMAC continues to look for new ways to communicate our mission of faith, family, and freedom to those in Washington, we rely on our membership base to inspire and strengthen all that we do as we strive to navigate the political process. We urge you to participate in the good things AMAC is doing!