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AMAC Award Congressional Reception

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Rep. Sam Johnson receives the AMAC Award from former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert

by Andrew Mangione – It’s the first week back from a five-week recess, but Congress – and AMAC – have hit the ground running.  On Tuesday evening in the nation’s capital, AMAC hosted its inaugural Congressional reception in what is expected to become an annual event.  Held in conjunction with National Grandparents Day, this reception commemorated grandparents and older Americans, who have contributed to society in meaningful ways and who have made a difference in the lives of younger Americans nationwide.

In accordance with this important holiday, AMAC paid tribute to select lawmakers who have gone to great lengths and have assumed significant responsibility to advance the issues and interests of importance to mature Americans.  To honor the AMAC Award recipients – Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) – former Speaker of the House of Representatives, and friend to AMAC, Dennis Hastert, joined AMAC President Dan Weber to present the awards.  During his tenure as the longest-serving Republican Speaker in history, Hastert led an effort to reform health care and boldly fought for the reform of entitlement programs.  The Speaker’s distinguished career and close friendships with the AMAC honorees drew a number of elected leaders and government staffers to the reception, adding to the celebratory aura that permeated the room.

Speaking to a packed hearing room in the Rayburn House Office Building, Speaker Hastert and Weber highlighted the myriad legislative initiatives that have been undertaken by Rep. Johnson and Sen. Hatch to present commonsense, conservative solutions to the problems with which Americans young and old grapple.  As key figures on the House and Senate committees that directly influence and impact seniors, both of these legendary politicians have been two of the leading forces behind the positive ideas and reforms discussed in the 113th Congress.  In particular, Rep. Johnson has used his position as Chairman of the Social Security Subcommittee to bring attention to the fiscal nightmare the program currently faces and to generate a bipartisan discussion on how the program can be made solvent for future generations of Americans.  On the Senate side, Sen. Hatch has introduced legislation to help Americans better save for retirement and to reign in out-of-control government spending.

Having remained faithful allies in the fight to achieve real progress on these issues, AMAC was proud to present the AMAC Award to these deserving men.  AMAC will continue to support Rep. Johnson and Sen. Hatch as they battle for responsible reforms that will stand the test of time and promise to make America greater for future generations.

AMAC’s mission to make America powerful is one that undoubtedly resonates with many working in the historic, ornate chambers of the U.S. Congress today.  Support for this mission was on clear display at the AMAC reception – where approximately 100 people turned out to express their sincere appreciation for the values and principles on which AMAC firmly stands.  Pleased to hear of the massive advocacy campaign AMAC has launched in Washington, many lawmakers and staffers conveyed their eagerness to partner with the fastest-growing alternative seniors organization to turn our vision of a greater America into a reality.

This Congressional reception provided a unique opportunity for AMAC to engage directly with policy makers on issues of importance to mature Americans.  In the coming months, AMAC will continue to work off the energy generated by the reception, as we forge new partnerships with Congressional offices and strengthen existing relationships with Constitution-committed lawmakers.  As a members-driven organization, whose agenda is solely defined by the individuals we represent, AMAC remains fully dedicated to you and to the issues that matter greatly to Americans – especially to the seniors of today and tomorrow.  You can count on AMAC to be part of the solution Washington needs!

AMAC Award recipients Representative Sam Johnson (l) and Senator Orrin Hatch (r) with AMAC Founder and President Dan Weber

AMAC Award recipients Representative Sam Johnson (l) and Senator Orrin Hatch (r) with AMAC Founder and President Dan Weber

 

The AMAC Award

The AMAC Award

Senator Orrin Hatch makes some comments at the AMAC Award reception

Senator Orrin Hatch makes some comments at the AMAC Award reception

AMAC Award attendees enjoyed a special evening

AMAC Award attendees enjoyed a special evening

 

 

 

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sandra
8 years ago

we do need to keep the government in its place and not in every bodies business, ie spying on and listening in where it is never needed. our country needs to follow the constitution and stop reelecting those who are not obeying and defending and giving lip service saying they are (ie Obama and Biden). our (?representatives need to follow what the people want (defund obamacare among other things). we need to stop all the illegal aliens, voter fraud and other damages we are doing to this country and get rid of the socialists running and destroying our country or we WILL SURELY DIE AND NOT BE HERE MUCH LONGER!!!!!)

Oracle of Oklahoma
8 years ago

Dr JCA, your comments sound like a frustrated utopian perfectionist, not a swell “swing voting thinker”.

Calling conservatives “nutjobs” for their views makes you sound like a typical Left Wing Lunatic.

See what I mean..

Now turn your head to the “Left” and cough.. ;-)

DrJCA1
8 years ago

Are you trying to insinuate that we have NO flaming loonies in the conservative movement? Nowhere did I even come close to saying all conservatives are nutjobs, but we DO have our share, and it has nothing to do with their views, only their actions (one shining example is the murder of doctors who perform abortions).

Perfectionist? Hardly. I wish I had a buck for every thing I screwed up on in my almost 70 years. I have voted with the left and the right on different issues over the decades. I really do explore the things myself, using different pieces of expertise (certainly not wickipedia) such as local conferences and talks, think tanks on both sides of the issue at hand, and participating in events that shape the outcome of things.

Kenneth Desmond
8 years ago

Sorry to say this, but something very devastating to the nation will wake people up, because that’s when our nation comes together. This administration is changing our nation and not for the better and most Americans just care about what they can get free. We have to keep to the Constitution and flush socialism or go down like the Roman empire

EKM
8 years ago

Preferably, we are not “policing” one another! Shades of Nazism, that’s scary. I would rather prefer to “assist” someone in need, the alternative of “reporting” what we think is the truth, often misguided as we can be. Helping is the goal of Meals on Wheels. If you start “policing” those persons who are recipients of such a good-hearted “mitzvah” (good deed), you will become just like the liberal thinkers. Rather, offer assistance and help if something looks amiss, and allow explanations! There are too many children taken from their parents, now parents from their children(?) instead of assisting them to stay together — See The Dream Centers. Helping rather than causing destruction of the family unit. Granted sometimes it may be necessary, but intervention is better than destroying the family unit, which the church is more able to do; healing hurts and wounds is something only the church can do.

janel nelson
8 years ago

I can appreciate the contribution of Sam Johnson and Orin Hatch, but itsn’t time that they step aside and let new younger congressmen be elected and addressed the issues that are such a danger to our economy and safety of our country. We need more Mike Lee’s, Ted Cruz’s and conservative congressmen.

Let’s help them in their fight for our liberty and freedom..

harold
8 years ago
Reply to  janel nelson

Get rid of Obama Care I am totally against it.

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  janel nelson

Janet,

I agree with you that we need some new blood in both houses of Congress. There are far too many “lifers”, who have lost touch with the people they supposedly represent or have no new ideas on how to address the myriad of issues impacting this country. The world of today is not the same as it was 30 or 40 years ago, but far too many of these “lifers” either don’t realize it or can’t adjust to the new realities confronting this nation.

Far too many long-term politicians don’t even seem to ever consider retiring from Congress to make way for the next generation of leaders. Instead they want to go the way one of my Senators from New Jersey went. Frank Lautenberg was well past his prime as any sort of an effective representative for the people of his state, yet he never considered simply stepping down. He chose to instead to hold onto the reigns of power as long as possible and ended up dying in office. I fear far too many politicians in Washington think that’s a great model to emulate.

DrJCA1
8 years ago
Reply to  janel nelson

Janet: they will only step aside when we vote them out of office, but far too many voters, left and right, vote with their emotions instead of their intelligence. They simply send the same old junk back to congress every election because they are too lazy, too dopey, or too ignorant to do otherwise. In this respect, we are no better than liberals. The other side to this coin is the fact that we also have far too many extremists in the conservative movements. We do NOT need nutjobs running around the streets screaming about abortions and gay rights. We DO need somewhat moderate, intelligent thinkers who will focus on our nation as a whole, especially the economy, jobs, and our children’s education.

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  DrJCA1

The primary focus of the federal government should be on how to improve the overall economy and maintain an adequate national defense. That’s about it! All the rest is either a state’s rights issue, if even that. The size of the federal government has exploded over the last 100 years, with much of it being to the detriment of the nation’s competitive edge in the global economy and in peoples’ standard of living. Unfortunately, unwinding 100 years of Progressive policies isn’t a viable option given the demographics of the growing entitlement culture in this country. It doesn’t help when our elected leaders champion going on the dole over becoming a productive member of society. We seem determined, as a nation, to repeat the same mistakes that have created economic stagnation in much of southern Europe and parts of South America.

To your point about voters, I have to completely agree to a large extent. When I see people endlessly calling for term limits, I have to shake my head. We already have term limits. It’s called elections. Expecting the politicians to enact a term limit law that will put them out of the best job most of them will ever be able to get is ridiculous. What is their incentive? None! The know the voting public will just keep sending them back year after year, if they simply do nothing. If the person you sent to Washington isn’t representing you in the best way possible, then vote him out.

People need to get involved during the primaries to make sure there are people on the ballot who potentially will represent them better. That means pushing the parties to get better qualified candidates. That means contributing to those candidates. That means volunteering for the candidates, if possible. It’s NOT about just showing up on election day every two or four years and pushing the button for the same clown that has held the seat for the last 20 or 30 years over and over again. Unfortunately, this is more effort and involvement than a lot folks care to devote to the overall process. So we end up with many elected leaders in Washington, who neither represent us properly nor care about it one way or the other, perfectly secure in the knowledge that no matter what they do, their seats are safe.

Shirley
8 years ago

Those of us who are trained to deliver Meals on Wheels are told to be aware of any change in our clients. If they appear to be ill or in need of help, we report it. I don’t think it’s necessary to get any more government involvement.

PaulE
8 years ago
Reply to  Shirley

Shirley,

I agree with you that what you’re currently doing should be the total extent of your involvement. We don’t need to empower the federal government to become a police state any faster than its currently proceeding to that conclusion. Alerting local authorities to a potential adverse change in one of your clients should be enough. Involvement of the federal government in all matters is NOT something anyone should be advocating for. No matter how “well intentioned”.

DrJCA1
8 years ago

I am by nature, a swing voter and thinker. I look at the facts (not the media or extremist hype) and tend towards the side that makes the more sense to me for that particular issue. I have come to realize that too many AMAC folks are just as hypocritical as the far left ones. You all say you want the government out of your faces – except in those issues you think are “right”. Abortion, birth control, gay rights, gun control are just a few of these. Todays poll also is interesting to those of us who actually think for ourselves. While the issue of elder abuse is vital, having the feds pass laws to force citizens (meals on wheels for example) to spy and report on situations is just as liberal as allowing homosexuals to marry, even though the actual “crimes” are vastly different. You have voted so far 77% to 22% in favor of these laws. for people who cannot stand the feds in their everyday lives, this is very hypoticrital, despite your protestations that this is a moral issue and of course you are “right”.

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