Rep. Kelly Honored for His "Senior Friendly" Voting Record

May 10, 2012 Issues: Health Care
Photo: Representative Kelly with 60 Plus Association Chairman Jim Martin at the Guardian of Seniors' Rights award ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Kelly Honored for His "Senior Friendly" Voting Record

Rep. Kelly Honored for His "Senior Friendly" Voting Record

Washington, D.C. — Last week, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) received the 60 Plus Association's highest honor, the Guardian of Seniors' Rights award, for his support of pro-growth policies and his efforts to preserve Social Security and Medicare.

According to the Medicare Trustees’ annual report released last month, Medicare and Social Security are quickly going bankrupt. At the current pace, Medicare will be bankrupt in 2024 and Social Security in 2033. The annual report showed that Medicare's annual cash shortfall in 2011 was $288.3 billion and that payroll taxes would have to increase 31 percent to pay for Medicare Part A in just this year alone. In addition, findings form the report show that over the next 75 years, Social Security will owe nearly $9 trillion more than it is projected to take in.

Rep. Kelly said he was honored to receive the Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award, vowing to continue his efforts to “save our nation’s most valued social safety net programs so that this and future generations can continue to rely on these crucial benefits.” Rep. Kelly added, “Ignoring the problem is not going to make it go away. We must act now to fix these programs for the future.”

In recognition of Rep. Kelly’s award, legendary entertainer Pat Boone and 60 Plus spokesman said, "I'm still singing at concerts, but today I'm singing the praises of Representative Kelly. Seniors can depend on Representative Kelly."

The 60 Plus Association is a 20-year-old nonpartisan organization working to save Social Security and Medicare, promote affordable prescription drug programs, lower energy costs, and advance pro-growth tax reform.  60 Plus calls on support from over 7 million activists.