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Letter for Congressional Record: A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America

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March 18, 2015

The Honorable Tom Price
6th District, Georgia
207 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Chris Van Hollen
8th District, Maryland
134 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Price and Ranking Member Van Hollen,

On behalf of the 1.3 million members of AMAC, the Association of Mature American Citizens, I am writing to convey our strong support for many of the policies set forth in the House Budget Committee’s FY 2016 budget resolution, “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America.” This budget proposal correctly identifies the financial and economic challenges facing America today and provides a blueprint for tackling those problems with positive, responsible solutions.

Time and again, it is has been said that America’s national debt is the single biggest threat to our national security. For this reason, it is imperative that Congress unite around a plan to pay down our debt and balance the budget so that Washington can begin living within its means. “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America” promises to balance the budget in less than 10 years without raising taxes by reducing federal spending by $5.5 trillion and making government programs more effective and efficient.

Not only does this budget promote healthy economic policies and reduce federal spending, it also provides a path forward to save and strengthen vital programs like Social Security and Medicare. On Social Security, the budget clearly states that Congress should not raid the retirement trust fund to temporarily patch the disability program, which is projected to be insolvent in 2016. AMAC strongly supports this policy position and believes this is the kind of forward-thinking leadership that is required to save and secure this critical program. While these important senior programs face uncertain futures, AMAC appreciates that this budget compels Congress to adopt long-term legislative solutions that will guarantee Social Security and Medicare benefits for today’s seniors and tomorrow’s retirees.

Last, AMAC is pleased to see that the budget fully repeals the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” or “ObamaCare.” Repealing ObamaCare will save over $2 trillion, will end the egregious $700 billion raid on Medicare, and will unburden the public from obtrusive government mandates and regulations. Instead of imposing one-size-fits-all government health care on the American people, this budget proposes health reform that is patient-centered. AMAC supports the budget’s patient-centered approach to health care that places value on increased access to quality, affordable care and expanded choices for individuals, families, and businesses.

As an organization committed to representing the interests of mature Americans and seniors, AMAC is encouraged by the positive vision outlined in “A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America.” We feel that this budget will help to restore our nation’s financial and economic security and will put America on a path toward greater prosperity.

Sincerely,
Dan Weber
President and Founder of AMAC


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