March 8, 2016
Alliance releases its 2015 voting record report on Congress
Active retirees analyzed ten critical votes cast by members of North Carolina’s congressional delegation in each house of Congress last year and found both of our senators and most of our representatives failed retirees.
The Alliance for Retired Americans today released its 2015 voting record report which scored every U.S. Representative and Senator on key issues affecting current and future retirees. The voting record examined 10 key Senate votes and 10 key House votes in 2015, showing the roll calls on issues such as:
- attacking our core retiree programs of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid;
- passing fast track trade authority, which extinguishes the ability to scrutinize and amend proposed trade agreements that would lock in higher drug prices; and
- addressing income inequality by raising the minimum wage
Two-term Senator Richard Burr, who is running for re-election this year, got all 10 pro-retiree votes wrong, giving him a zero for 2015. His lifetime voting record with retired Americans is just 4 percent, behind freshman Senator Thom Tillis at just 10 percent.
“Unfortunately, the new Congress that came to town did not help improve the nation’s retirement security,” said Robert Roach, Jr., President of the Alliance.
“We had an opportunity for change but we didn’t take advantage of it. Nine of 12 freshmen Republican Senators scored zero, and the others scored 10%. This Voting Record reflects how committed our elected representatives are to seniors. It will be a useful tool as we look at who is truly our friend.”
You can download either the full report, or a state-by-state report, or search for your member by ZIP code on the Alliance website.