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!