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AMAC Hosts its 4th Annual Award Reception

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Joe Heck.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Joe Heck.

On September 23rd the 1.4 million member seniors’ organization, The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), hosted its 4th Annual AMAC Award Reception.  With over 200 people cramming the Budget Committee Hearing Room, AMAC presented its highest honor to Representatives Joe Heck (NV-03) and Frank Guinta (NH-01) for fighting to ensure seniors continue to receive the benefits they’ve been promised. Dan Weber, the president and founder of AMAC, was pleased to honor these distinguished leaders and problem-solvers.

The first honoree of the night was Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03).  A doctor by profession and an Iraq veteran, Congressman Heck knows a thing or two about crises.  Earlier this year, Congressman Heck introduced H.R. 5295, the Safeguarding Economic Needs Important to Our Retirees through Creating an Ongoing Living Adjustment Guarantee, or the SENIOR COLA Guarantee Act.  This bill would ensure that each year, every Social Security beneficiary would receive a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) no matter what.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Frank Guinta

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Frank Guinta

“Social Security has notoriously been called the ‘third rail’ of politics, and many policymakers on both sides of the aisle avoid it at all costs,” Weber said. “Congressman Heck is living proof that our lawmakers can touch the third rail in meaningful ways to protect Social Security now, and ensure it survives for our children and grandchildren. AMAC is proud to present Congressman Heck with our highest honor as he continues to fight for seniors every single day.”

“I’m honored to receive the AMAC Award for my work on behalf of Nevada’s seniors and I thank AMAC for keeping issues facing our seniors at the forefront in Washington,” Heck said. “Ensuring seniors have the financial security they deserve is a top priority of mine, which is why I introduced the SENIOR COLA Guarantee Act. Providing a guaranteed COLA increase every year means our seniors won’t have to worry about going without a COLA and it will give them the peace of mind that they’ll be able to meet basic economic needs. I thank AMAC for its support of this legislation and look forward to working with them to build support for this bill and other legislation that can improve the lives of seniors in Nevada and around the nation.”

The next honoree of the night was Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-01).  A former mayor, and long-time champion of seniors, Congressman Guinta was honored for introducing H.R. 4140, the Saving the Earnings and Noting the Investments of Our Retired Seniors Act, or the SENIORS Act. When Congressman Guinta heard the Social Security Administration would not be giving a COLA in 2016, Guinta quickly introduced his bill to get every beneficiary a 1% increase for this year.  A fiscal hawk, Guinta made sure that wasteful, fraudulent, and abusive government programs were eliminated to both pay for the 1% increase and reign in runaway government spending.

4th Annual AMAC Award Reception

4th Annual AMAC Award Reception

“Few Members of Congress are as quick to fix a crisis as Congressman Guinta,” said Weber.  “When he heard there would be no Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for seniors this year, he immediately introduced H.R. 4140 to get seniors a bump in benefits—while eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse in the government to pay for it.  A champion of seniors, and of preserving Social Security now and for generations to come, AMAC is pleased to recognize Congressman Guinta for his tireless work to help seniors.”

“New Hampshire seniors are some of the most patriotic citizens I know,” stated Mr. Guinta. “Many are U.S. military veterans. They deserve our thanks and also commitment to protect the health and retirement benefits this country promised them. But Social Security and Medicare face insolvency. I’m honored to receive AMAC’s award, recognizing my work to help Granite Staters and Americans secure their health and retirement. My bipartisan SENIORS Act would cut wasteful federal spending to grant them, as well as veterans, the cost-of-living increase they deserve. Thank you to Dan Weber, AMAC members and my fellow honoree Congressman Joe Heck for all they do.”

ABOUT AMAC:

The Association of Mature American Citizens [http://www.amac.us] is a vibrant, vital senior advocacy organization that takes its marching orders from its members.  We act and speak on their behalf, protecting their interests and offering a practical insight on how to best solve the problems they face today.  Make a difference by joining us today at http://amac.us/join-amac.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Alex Mooney.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Alex Mooney.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Steve Knight.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Steve Knight.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Bruce Westerman.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Bruce Westerman.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Cresent Hardy.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Cresent Hardy.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Daniel Webster.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Daniel Webster.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Diane Black.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Diane Black.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Leonard Lance.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Leonard Lance.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Richard Nolan.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Richard Nolan.

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Rod Blum

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Rod Blum

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Ron DeSantis

Dan Weber (L), President of AMAC, poses with Representative Ron DeSantis


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WSA
5 years ago

We to stop patting them on the back and get them to do something that will actually improve our lives.

WSA
5 years ago

Shouldn’t we start a movement? I am still working but I think this year I am going to retire and part time work. Our voice is not heard unless you make a big commotion, march on Washington or something?

WSA
5 years ago

If you want to fix the crises with Social Security, you first have to lock it up and pay it back for all that was stolen. Stop giving it to illegals and anyone that did not contribute. The trust fund before LBJ moved the money over to the general fund was a vast amount. I’ve been paying the max into it for over 30 years, and paid for 47 years. Then Al Gore started taxing some of it when you pull it out although we paid taxes on that money already. Why is it the Democrats claim to want to save social security but they are the one stealing it.

Patricia T. Caldarone
5 years ago

In your fall issue of 2016: Hillary Clinton The Career Politician written by D.J. Wilson, failed to tell the fact that Hillary’s mentor was Sol Lewinsky.
Sol was a wolf in sheep’s clothing. This is an extremely important true fact that was not mention.

FLORENCE sWIGER
5 years ago

Please send me all the great offers AMAC has.

Tanya Portillo
5 years ago

All of AMAC’s benefits can be found here: https://amac.us/benefits/

Lynn C. Perkins
5 years ago

It is tough to please everybody. Keep up the good work and don’t get discouraged with negative comments or are these just constructive criticisms?

How many times has Congress “raided” the Social Security Fund? Secondly, has Congress replaced the monies taken ?
Thank you in advance.

James H. Rust
5 years ago

AMAC has a variety of rewards available to its members. One is discounts from Office Depot. I had to print 600 pages a few weeks ago and had coupons for discounts from Office Depot plus my AMAC card. The cost of printing was $90.72. The clerk said my AMAC card beat all other discounts. The charge was $16.20. My savings on this one transaction more than paid for 5 year membership in AMAC. Over the past few years I have saved hundreds of dollars at Office Depot because I do a lot of printing and use office chairs for my kitchen.

James H. Rust

David M Wagner
5 years ago

Sorry,
I thought it posted my comment. Amac dues are ridiculously low for the amount of work performed for the benefit of seniors, especially in the “Halls of Washington”. Being a business owner I consider the awards ceremony part of the cost of doing business. Even a mere 1% increase in Social Security (that you fought for….Nobody else did) way more than compensates for your minimum yearly dues. I suggest T.Gent and Ralph think before writing their negative comments about an organization that is actually helping them. The dues you charge come nowhere close to covering the costs involved in running your organization. I’m 72 years old and work a minimum of 10 hours a day, 6 days a week. I do it because I love what I do and hopefully I will never retire. Thanks Amac for going to bat for us!

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  David M Wagner

Helping me do what, David? I became a life member for $200, and havn’t gained a thing for it. Maybe you should think before you post comments.

David M Wagner
5 years ago

David M. Wagner

T. Gent
5 years ago

How much of our dues are spent on this awards banquet? Not sure that is helping my senior income short fall.

Ralph
5 years ago

Is this how you spend my dues money?????

PaulO
5 years ago

Always appreciate it when someone speaks out on behalf seniors. When you inform our elected legislators as you do about the needs and wishes of us golden agers it helps put the spotlight on those beneficial policies and programs that give us a hand when we need them.

note to Parker Erickson: might those brown, long neck bottles pictured in the group reception photo have something to do with “200 people cramming the budget committee Hearing room?” Is there room for me next time?

Ralph
5 years ago
Reply to  PaulO

You’re no “golden ager” pauly zero. You’re a troll over here trying to solicit dumacrat votes!

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